Peter grew up in a Christian home in Southern California, but it wasn’t until he had a dramatic encounter with Jesus during a visit to Uruguay in 1991 that he truly had a “born again experience” and started following Him wholeheartedly. Peter joined Heritage in 2008, became an Elder in 2012, and later came on staff as the Associate Pastor. In December 2019, Peter was made the Interim Lead Elder, and officially took up the mantle as Lead Elder in the summer of 2020. Peter married his best friend, Elvira in 1996 and they have three terrific kids: Lukas, Krystal & Bethany. Besides serving God and being with his family & friends, Peter enjoys traveling, cycling and playing hockey.
Senior Staff Advisor
Rick and his wife, Suzi, joined Heritage during Christmas time in 2018 and have since taken up leading a Community Group. Rick, a retired fire chief, was appointed as an elder in August 2020 and joined the staff here at Heritage as the Senior Staff Advisor in 2021. Rick and Suzi have been lovingly married since 1982. Rick and Suzi both accepted Jesus as their Savior over 40 years ago and have been faithfully serving the Lord ever since. They enjoy spending time with their family and spoiling their four grandchildren. If you ever need to contact Rick or Suzi…check the beach.
Theresa has been part of the staff at Heritage for over a decade and is the Director of Operations. She is also a deacon at Heritage and is known for her exceptional love of people and servant heart. She and her husband, Phil, have enjoyed living in San Clemente and attending Heritage for over two decades. They’ve loved the deep relationships they have developed along the way. Theresa enjoys spending time with her sprawling extended family, filled with sisters, nieces, nephews, kids, and grandkids.
Jared was born and raised in Whittier, California. While studying leadership at Vanguard University, Jared heard God’s call to be a pastor. This led to an opportunity to serve at his longtime home church (Whittier Area Community Church) as a youth pastor in 2006, and eventually overseeing the small groups ministry. He’s a gifted leader and teacher, and his passion is to see people of all ages grow in their relationship with Jesus. Jared is married to Pamela and they have three boys – Nolan, Joel, and Curren. They love raising their boys, eating delicious food, and family time at the beach. For fun, Jared enjoys surfing (Uppers), jiu-jitsu, being in nature, and a good competition.
Gary Rea is a worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist. Originally from South Africa, Gary previously served as a worship pastor at Heritage for eight years, until he and his family went on the road full-time to minister in churches all around the country. After this great adventure, they settled in Franklin, Tennessee and Gary began collaborating with singer-songwriter, Thomas Ewing, to form the band Land of Color. Gary, his wife Kerry, and their four kids felt the call to return to California and serve at Heritage again in 2020.
Ryann starting attending Heritage with her family over a decade ago. Before joining the staff at Heritage, she worked in admin and marketing, and now oversees the church’s communications. She’s passionate about community and missions, and has spent time serving in churches overseas. She also enjoys frequenting coffee shops and walking with friends on the beach trail.
Ann-Margaret Whelan has been apart of the Heritage family for over a decade. She and her husband, Lon, recently returned from three years of ministry work in South Africa. She joined the Heritage staff in 2021 to help with administrative and pastoral duties.
Bookkeeping & HR
Linda Weller is our bookkeeper and helps over see our finances and HR. Linda and her husband, Tim, moved to Nevada in 2018, so she now works remotely from there as they build their dream home.
Rachel moved to Southern California from Illinois and joined Heritage in 2017, shortly after marrying her husband, Andy, who is stationed at Camp Pendleton. She joined the staff in 2019 as a bookkeeping assistant to be Linda’s aid on the ground.