Staff

Peter Klause

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.

Mike Fanning

Mike, Tammy, and their three boys joined Heritage in the fall of 1996. Fresh out of Bible college, Mike was drawn to the vision for community, simplicity, and multiplication. In 2003, Mike joined the staff full-time as an Associate Pastor and years later was sent out as a church planter. Mike and Tammy (and their oldest son, Josh) returned to Heritage in 2020 to join the team and help out. Mike has a passion for sharing the good news and taking people deeper into “all” that God has for them. 

Lon Whelan

Lon started out in ministry by leading youth ministry, before planting a church in 1997. He then went into business as a real estate agent, while also serving on eldership at Heritage for ten years. In 2017, he and his wife, Ann-Margaret moved to Cape Town, South Africa to chair the board of non-profit Ikhaya Le Themba and lead a congregation in Joshua Generation Church. In 2020, they returned to San Clemente to help serve at Heritage. Lon recently joined the staff to oversee Assimilation, Community Groups, and pastoral leadership.

Ann-Margaret Whelan

Ann-Margaret has been apart of the Heritage family for over a decade. She and her husband, Lon, spent three years doing ministry in South Africa, leading a congregation in Joshua Generation Church and serving on the board of the non-profit Ikhaya Le Themba. She and Lon felt God’s call to return to San Clemente in 2020 and soon after, Ann-Margaret joined the Heritage staff. She oversee hospitality, events, and the Kids Ministry. Despite her administrative duties, her passion is for people and her pastoral heart has made a big impact on the church. She and Lon have three kids who are currently still in South Africa.

Krystal Klause

Krystal studied film at Biola University, but soon realized God was calling her to ministry and to invest at Heritage. She joined the staff in 2021 and her heart for young people led to her taking up the mantle of Youth Director. She also oversees the AV ministry and functions as a Communications Liason.

Linda Weller

Linda Weller is our bookkeeper and helps oversee 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.

Ryann Whelan

Ryann has been a part of the Heritage family for nearly fifteen years, and on staff for the past five years. She now oversees the church’s communications, marketing, and media remotely.