Staff

Peter Klause

Peter Klause

Lead Elder

Peter@HeritageSC.org

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.

Theresa Matarazzo

Theresa Matarazzo

Executive Director

Theresa@HeritageSC.org

Theresa has been part of the staff at Heritage for over a decade. She also serves as a deacon 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, grandkids, and great grandkids! 

Jared Powell

Jared Powell

Associate Ministry Director

Jared@HeritageSC.org

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

Gary Rea

Worship Director

Gary@HeritageSC.org

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.  

Ann-Margaret Whelan

Ann-Margaret Whelan

Executive Assistant

AnnMargaret@HeritageSC.org

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.

Ryann Whelan

Ryann Whelan

Communications Director

Ryann@HeritageSC.org

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.

Krystal Klause

Krystal Klause

Communications Liason

Kerry Rea

Kerry Rea

Kids Ministry Assistant

Taylor Armstrong

Taylor Armstrong

Staff Intern

Linda Weller

Linda Weller

Bookkeeping & HR

Linda@HeritageSC.org

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.