Pastoral Staff




Charlie Higgins

Senior Pastor

Favorite Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Favorite Dessert: German Chocolate Cake
Favorite Hobby: Gardening
Before moving to Florida, Charlie lived in Indiana, Ohio, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He accepted Christ at the age of nine. Charlie graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a Bachelor of Music. The Lord called Charlie into pastoral ministry and he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. Before pastoring in Florida, Charlie pastored throughout Kentucky and North Carolina. He has been at Westview since May 2003. Charlie has a wonderful wife Kim and four sons: Donovan, Spencer, Hunter, and Riley. More recently, Charlie became a grandfather to a wonderful grandson.

Nate Goss

Associate Pastor of Students and Administration

Favorite Team: Carolina Tarheels
Favorite Dessert: Peanut Butter Pie
Favorite Hobby: Kayaking
Nate was born and raised in Asheville, NC where he accepted Christ at the age of fifteen. He attended Western Carolina University, located in Cullowhee, NC, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing with a minor in hospitality and tourism. During this time, he spent four years reaching college students with the gospel through the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM). He attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Wake Forest, NC, where he earned a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry. Nate married his beautiful wife Callie in June 2014 and they have a wonderful baby girl named Adelaide. Nate has been at Westview since June 2015.

Dave Thomas

Associate Pastor of Music and Senior Adults

Favorite Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Hobby: Family time
Dave was born in Toccoa, GA, but also lived in Rome, GA, Pritchard, AL, and Thomasville, GA before moving to Sanford, FL as a teenager. He came to know the Lord at a high school chapel service when he was sixteen. Dave earned his Associate of Arts from Seminole Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Toccoa Falls College. Dave is married to Jackie and they have two children: Jared and Amy. Like his father, Dave has been a Music Pastor for over thirty years in Georgia and Florida. Dave served at Westview Baptist as Pastor of Music and Students from 1989 to 1992 and returned in February of 2016.

Bill Coffman

Pastor Emeritus

Favorite Team: Texas Longhorns
Favorite Dessert: All of the above
Favorite Hobby: Tennis
Bill grew up in various small Texas towns. As the son of a pastor, he trusted Christ as his Savior at eight years old and was later called to ministry when he was 16 years old. Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Divinity in 1962 and a Master of Divinity in 1987. Howard Payne University awarded Bill an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1987. The Coffman’s served as missionaries in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Upon return, Bill pastored throughout Florida and later became the director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Language Mission Department. Bill served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1986 to 1987. Bill is married to Ann and they have a daughter named Kay. Bill has been at Westview since 2002.

Carlos Mendez

Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

Favorite Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Carlos grew up near Chicago, IL and served in the United States military. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from the Baptist College of Florida and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where his thesis is dealing with bringing unity to first and second generation Hispanics. Carlos is an experienced church planter. He has served as the Spanish Leadership Facilitator for the Greater Orlando Baptist Association and has served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Hispanic Pastors fraternity of Orlando. Carlos is married to Nancy and has three children (Carlos Jr., Grace, and Ennette), eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.




Support Staff




Robert Fletcher

Ministries Assistant

Favorite Team: Florida Gators & New England Patriots
Favorite Dessert: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Favorite Hobby: Music and Exercise
Robert grew up in Sanford and attended Seminole High School. He has been a part of our Westview family his entire life. Robert graduated from Baptist College of Florida with a Bachelor of Art in Ministry Studies. Robert is engaged to Katy and will get married this summer.

Penny Fletcher

Administrative Assistant

Favorite Team: Florida Gators & New England Patriots
Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu
Favorite Hobby: Quilting
Penny moved to south Florida at an early age and became a Christian when she was 25 years old. Penny has been at Westview since 1992 and joined our staff in April, 2013. She is married to Kevin and they have one son, Robert.

Kristine Sparks

Facilities Management

Favorite Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Favorite Dessert: Cannolis
Favorite Hobby: Scrapbooking
Kristine was born in Detroit, MI but raised in Sanford, FL. She became a Christian when she was 11 years old. She has been at Westview since 2006. She is married to her husband Steve and has a son named Cody.

Tom Papierski

Facilities Management

Favorite Team:New England Patriots
Favorite Dessert: Jimmies
Favorite Hobby: Woodworking
Tom was born and raised in Massachusetts and became a Christian as an adult. He has been at Westview since 2014 and joined our staff in March, 2015. He has a wonderful wife named Amy, three daughters, and several grandchildren.