Our History

Heritage began with God putting a vision on Jim Glynn’s heart in March of 1993, and the church was launched shortly thereafter in a living room in Capistrano Beach. Together they served to create House to House Christian Fellowship with the vision of a relational church that was outreach focused and leading people in a deeper walk with God. The church was named because of our desire to be like the New Testament church that met in homes (Acts 5:42).

House to House quickly grew out of meeting in homes and moved into the Community Center in downtown San Clemente. In the early years, two churches merged with House to House (Marvista Community Church and Cristianitos Community Church), as others realized we can achieve more together than alone. The church name was then changed to Heritage Christian Fellowship, reflecting our desire to provide a heritage in Christ to future generations.

Prior to the merge with Cristianitos, they had acquired undeveloped property in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park, which has since become our church campus. In August 2000, the building was completed and the church moved into its new facility. Not long after, the church was able to acquire the adjacent vacant lot for future needs. Learn more about the plans for that lot here.

In 2007, Jim Glynn resigned as Senior Pastor after 14 years of faithful service. Roger Gales, after serving alongside Jim since the church started, was appointed by the elders as the leader. Since then, we’ve established a presence in the city of San Clemente, and sown into the kingdom all over the world by raising up missionaries, building schools and playgrounds, and reaching unreached people groups. Peter Klause stepped into the role of lead elder and pastor in December 2019, following Roger’s resignation. 

If you believe that God wants to add you to us, then you are becoming part of a community of faith that is excited about living sold-out lives for Jesus. We want to live in an authentic expression of Christianity that will shine a light out into our city and our world. In this way, we will see His Kingdom extended, His name glorified and His church growing to be the beautiful bride for which Jesus will return.