Baptist Foundation of California Press Release: Courtney Coates Joins Legal Services Staff

June 06, 2021

Dr. Jonathan Jarboe, President of The Baptist Foundation of California, has announced the hiring of Mr. Courtney Coates as the new Estate Planning Attorney for the Foundation. Coates will be managing the Foundation’s estate planning and planned giving programs, providing legal counsel to the Trust Administration Committee, and maintaining appropriate policies and reports regarding legal activities. He will begin his new position on July 1, 2021. 

“We are thrilled that Courtney has decided to join our team,” stated Jarboe. “The excellence he has exhibited throughout his law career and the level of commitment with which he has served the Lord reflect the character of the individual needed to lead this critical area of our work.”   

Coates obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Doctor of Law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Licensed with the state bar since 1999, he served as Senior Counsel at Hanson Bridgett, LLP for eight years before starting his private practice, Law Office of Courtney M. Coates, in 2007.  Over the past few years, he served as outside counsel to the Board of Directors for The Baptist Foundation of California Foundation. 

Coates served as Executive Pastor at The View Church in Menifee, where he has been an active member for 14 years teaching and preaching the Gospel.  “Courtney is a faithful member of our congregation and we are excited to see him ascend to this amazing role,” said Greg Perkins, Senior Pastor of The View Church.  “I couldn't think of anyone more qualified than Courtney. While he practices law, he is called to ministry…this role suits him perfectly.  We extend our congratulations to both Courtney and our Baptist Foundation family.”

 Coates will be replacing Doug Griffin as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for the Foundation.  Griffin will be retiring to Texas later this year.  A transition plan is in place to ensure a seamless continuation of the legal support needed to serve the Foundation and its clients. This plan will help finalize the Board of Director’s decision to centralize all operations in Ontario and close the Fresno office on September 30, 2021.

Reflecting on his new role, Coates said, “I am truly humbled and honored to step into this new role as Estate Planning Attorney.  Our goals are the same:  building the Kingdom of God and resourcing the Great Commission for future generations.”

Courtney and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 21 years and have four daughters.

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