Staff

Peter & Elvira Klause

Peter & Elvira 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

Director of Operations

Theresa@HeritageSC.org

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 Powell

Jared Powell

Associate Pastor

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 Leader

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.  

Jay Sias

Jay Sias

Youth Pastor

Jay@HeritageSC.org

Jay Sias is our youth pastor, overseeing middle school and high school students. Originally from the Midwest, Jay became a believer as a young teen and soon after felt the call of ministry on his life. This led to his leading worship, preaching, mentoring students in youth groups, and eventually serving as a pastor on staff at New Hope Community Christian Church in Chicago. Jay is passionate about discipling and developing young people, both through shepherding and teaching. Jay and his wife, Bethany, enjoy getting to know California and hanging out with their two Golden Retrievers.

Ryann Whelan

Ryann Whelan

Communications

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.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Administrative & Bookkeeping Assistant

Rachel@HeritageSC.org

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 originally joined the staff as a bookkeeping assistant, but soon took on the role of administrative assistant. Rachel loves to bake and often supplies the church staff with delicious desserts.

Lejeune Amouroux

Lejeune Amouroux

Administrator & Event Coordinator

Lejeune@HeritageSC.org

Lejeune and the Amouroux family have been a part of Heritage for many years, serving faithfully in several ministries. Lejeune has been involved with youth and women’s ministries, and joined the Heritage staff overseeing administration and events in 2019.

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.