People

Mike McKay

Mike McKay

Lead Pastor

Mike became pastor of Cypress Church in 2004. He lives in Cypress with his wife Kristi. All three of their kids, Jamie, Jessika and Josh, got married in 2011!

What is the most played song on your iPod? Well it's eclectic at best, I have some of the latest Christian music to 70's dance music mixed in with some Christmas tunes to some Sinatra...go figure?!?
Lease Favorite Chore? Dusting...no ironing...they both are my least favorite.
What would you name your autobiography? One Step Beyond!
Favorite Local Hangout? Anywhere with my beautiful wife!
Favorite Fast Food? Anything at the Habit

Justin McElderry

Justin McElderry

Pastor of Branching

Justin is the longest tenured pastor at Cypress Church, joining the staff in 2000. He holds a Th.M. from Talbot School of Theology. He and his wife Suzanne have three children and live in Los Alamitos.

What song makes you happy when you hear it? Hearing my children sing, particularly in church.
What is the wallpaper on your cellphone? My daughters singing and dancing together with their dance studio.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
A book that made a difference in your walk with Christ Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper
What is your coffee or tea order? S'More's Frappucino. Ridiculously good!

Rich Fieger

Rich Fieger

Pastor of Family Ministries

After volunteering in student ministries for over 30 years, with the last 16 at Cypress Church, Rich joined the Cypress staff in August of 2011 as the Interim Student Ministries Director. Rich has since moved into our new position of Pastor of Family Ministries. Rich has been married to Lori for over 25 years and has three children ages ranging 8 - 23. Life is an adventure!

What song makes you happy when you hear it? I'm Alright
What is the wallpaper on your cellphone? Daughter Grace my lovely wife, Lori Dawn
What did you want to be when you were a kid? Left Fielder KC Royals
A book that made a difference in your walk with Christ Counterfeit Gods - Tim Keller
What is your coffee or tea order? Americano
What is your favorite place to hang out? Back yard with my family and friends

Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson

Pastor of Counseling

Ron is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (i#46561) for the last 10 years and has over 30 years of experience as a pastoral counselor. He is active in pastoral and professional care through local churches and counseling clinics. He has a lifetime of experience of helping the hurting. Ron has worked as a Pastor, Hospital Chaplain, and Sheriff’s Chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as a Hospice Chaplain.

Last Book I Read? An Autobiography of J.I. Packer by Ryken and Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Favorite Movie of "All Time"? A movie musical – Westside Story – the songs just keep playing in my head.
What is the most played song on your iPod? Anything Classical
Favorite Fast Food? The Habit
Childhood Hero? Superman
Favorite “Geek Out” Activity? Reading a Tom Clancy novel or reading about Civil War History
Least Favorite Chore? Cleaning up leaves in the backyard.
What would you name your autobiography? In Search of Sanity
Favorite Local Hangout? Bob's Big Boy - Spaghetti with Chili

Jon Wyatt

Jon Wyatt

Pastor of Student Ministries

Jon received the call to ministry in 7th grade and it has been an adventure for him ever since! Jon moved from South Carolina in 2000 and has lived around Biola University since 2003. There he completed his BA in Bible, completed his M.Div at Talbot, and worked in Biola's Chapel Programs area for 8 years!  Jon is married to Debbie (also a graduate of Talbot), and they just became parents to a beautiful baby girl.

Last Book I Read? The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
Favorite Movie of "All Time"? ...that's impossible to answer so I'll pick 3: The King's Speech, Rocky Balboa, and Man of Steel
What is the most played song on your iPod? Beacuse He Lives remix by Crowder
Favorite Fast Food? Papa John's Pizza
Childhood Hero? Dell Lindsey, my 1st youth pastor
Favorite “Geek Out” Activity?  Reading comic books or biographies
Least Favorite Chore? taking out the diaper bin!
What would you name your autobiography? Hiking, Boogie Boarding, & Discipleship
Favorite Local Hangout? Anywhere that my wife & I can laugh!

Victor Huang

Victor Huang

Worship Pastor

New Worship Pastor, Victor Huang comes to Cypress Church from Victory Fellowship in Torrance where he served as the Associate Pastor of Worship. Victor has spent over 11 years playing with and leading various worship teams and believes that his experience and expertise are a great fit for the vision and goals of our church and its network of branches.

Victor graduated in 2011 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialty in Photography.  He went on to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary receiving a Masters of Arts degree in Christian Education with a Worship Concentration in 2014.

His previous experience includes that of teacher/leader in the Columbus Chinese Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio where he coordinated worship in the English Service.  He has also discipled and trained musicians to lead worship while training new musicians for worship teams.   Victor’s experience in leading worship includes doing so for children, Junior High, Youth, College, and Young Adult Ministries.

Victor’s skills include Directing, Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keys, Bass Guitar, Drum Set, Reading/Composing Music Finale, Sound Engineering, as well as a host of computer programs for the sound/worship world.

Victor shares: “What draws me to this position is the opportunity to care for the worship team holistically. I place strong importance on equipping the church and its volunteers musically and in their understanding of what the Bible says about worship through discipleship, modeling and teaching. This is key in fostering a healthy culture of worship and developing a strong unified lay leadership to serve in the local body.

My passion also lies in creating an environment where creative people can thrive. My experience as a photographer and videographer in art school taught me that worship can be expressed through other mediums. I am excited for the opportunity to grow and use my experience as an artist to work alongside others for the creative direction of the worship service through visuals, song writing, and other mediums.  I believe that Cypress Church is a place that I can serve effectively and where God can use me to further His kingdom.”

We look forward to Victor’s leading of worship throughout our network of campuses.

Lorena Saucedo

Lorena Saucedo

Pastor of Elementary Children

Lorena joined our staff team in June 2016.  Her first adventure was attending Hume Lake with our students just one week later and she had a ball.  She lead us on a trek through Cave Quest searching for the light of the world, our summer Vacation Bible School program.  And she is still running, leading, and growing our kids' ministry focusing on grades 1 through 6.

What song makes you happy when you hear it?
Anything upbeat but I love listening to Mariachi & Michael Buble
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I always wanted to "work at church."  I didn't know in what role but I loved being a part of it!
A book that made a difference in your life with Christ?
The Bible!  My favorite Bible books? Psalms, Ruth, John, & 2 Corinthians.  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis has also made an impact in my life.
What is your coffee or tea order?
Not big on coffee, but if need be, Vanilla Latte from Starbucks.  Other drinks I love? Strawberry Frappuccino, vanilla shake from In-N-Out or McDonald's and Ruby's Pumpkin shake.
What is your favorite place to hang out?
Any place where I can see the ocean and/or hangout with my family.
What is your favorite food?
Must I narrow it down to one? I can't. I love most Latin-American dishes: Carne Asada, Tacos, Chile Rellenos, Caldo de Res, Pupusas, and more!  Also love In-N-Out's animal style fries & Chili's Texas Chili Fries & most Italian dishes.  Gosh! I'm hungry now.
What is your least favorite chore?
Sweeping, mopping, & ironing.  Dread it.
Garrick Fieger

Garrick Fieger

Worship Resident

Cypress Church is Garrick's home church. His heart for the people, community, and staff is very dear to him. He has been on staff since 2012 as a Worship Arts Intern, and in the summer of 2016, transitioned into a Worship Arts Residency. He served as the Interim Worship Leader from Christmas Eve 2015 through Christmas Eve 2016. Newly engaged in August of 2016, he and his fiance are learning how to continue ministry as a couple. He is following where God is leading, excited for all of the adventure that lies ahead.

Last Book I Read? The Magnolia Story
Favorite Movie of "All Time"? Today it's The Lego Movie
What is the most played song on your iPod? This is constantly changing, so this week it's Something Just Like This by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers
Favorite Fast Food? Albertacos
Childhood Hero? Freddie Mercury
Favorite “Geek Out” Activity?  Writing, recording, and learning music / the cavernous vacuum of the phrase "anything artsy"
Least Favorite Chore? Anything with the word "Chore"
What would you name your autobiography? "That Seems Risky... WHEN CAN WE START?!"
Favorite Local Hangout? Coffee Shops & my office (it's always open!)

Jim Hoffner

Jim Hoffner

Business Administrator

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B. S. degree in Personnel Management with a subsequent Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of California, Long Beach. I spent 4 years after college in the Army Ordnance Corps as a Nuclear Weapons Officer in Germany.
I worked forty years in the aerospace industry (Douglas/McDonnell Douglas/Rockwell/Northrop and Boeing) working mostly in Human Resources but also in Systems/Project Management which included a six month tour of duty working at Cape Canaveral on the Space Shuttle contract preparation team. Now I volunteer at Cypress Church as their Business Administrator.

What song makes you happy when you hear it? There is nothing in the current genre of music that makes me happy. I enjoy music that has a melody and you can understand the lyrics.
What is the wallpaper on your cellphone? I have a picture of my wife and I.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be an Efficiency Expert as influenced by the movie “Cheaper by the Dozen” (the original one). In fact that is what I became but now called by different names.
A book that made a difference in your walk with Christ “Divine Conspiracy” by Dallas Willard
What is your coffee or tea order? Coffee with cream if handy if not then it is black. I learned to drink black in the military as cream was a luxury.
What is your favorite place to hang out? I haven’t heard that question in years. I am quite comfortable in my own home. I hung out in high school at a local drug store that had a soda fountain. No one now days even knows what that is.

Christine Theodore

Christine Theodore

Office Coordinator

I am happily married to my husband of 30 years, Brent, and we have four twenty-somethings. Two are married, and two are living at home. My professional career has been in education both in public and private schools. I have also served as the Director of a Summer Day Camp, was a Senior Unit Manager with Creative Memories, worked as the Director of Children's Ministry at a large, local church, and most recently was Substitute Teaching Leader for a local Bible Study Fellowship Class. In 2009, I earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and am putting that learning to good use as the Office Coordinator in the business office on the Cypress campus.

What's Music is Playing Right Now? Humble Yourself by Second Chapter of Acts or In the Sanctuary by Kurt Carr are at the top of my most played iTunes list.
What would you name your autobiography? My autobiography might be called Mud Pie Mom based on the way I parented my young children.
Last Book(s) I Read? The last book that I read was The Waiting by Cathy Lagrow, but I am always reading a book, usually historical fiction. It's how I finish a day.
Favorite Movie Of "All Time"? My favorite movie of all time is The Blindside with Sandra Bullock.
Least Favorite Chore? By far, ironing is the worst chore. In high school I used to sew a new clothing item before I'd iron an old one.
Favorite Local Hangout? My favorite hangout is home. I love personal quiet time, scrapbooking, watching movies with my grown daughters or yard work with my hubby and baking for my sons.
Favorite Fast Food? Every week I meet a dear friend at Taco Bell for lunch and a few hours of conversation; that must make it my favorite fast food stop.
Childhood Hero? As a young girl I desperately wanted to be Cindy Brady. I had to chuckle when recently I was called Cindy!
Favorite "Geek Out" Activity? If by Geek you mean computer-related, my favorite activity is digital scrapbooking.

Mark Ryan

Director of Security & Facilities

Shannon Ryan

Shannon Ryan

Bookkeeper

My favorite moments are when my family is at home together cooking and baking! Everyone has a "job" and we are singing, dancing or laughing to the tunes!
I was born in Lakewood, CA and spent the first 5 years of my life I in northern CA on a farm. My mom, brother and I moved to Cypress when I was 6 and no, I haven't left yet! I went to Landell, Lexington, Cypress High, Cypress College and CSU Fullerton. I married my hunk'a burning love, Mark, in 1988. We have 2 kids, Paige who is 19 and is currently working on a designing degree at CSU Fullerton and Michael age 16 currently at Mater Dei. I worked for Mitsubishi Motors for approx 14 years, before being hired on at Cypress Church.
I enjoy playing sports (especially the ones I can win) as well as watching them. I truly enjoy entertaining my friends and family. In the near-future, I hope to take cooking classes so I can get a lil' more creative with the family meals. I cherish the time I can spend with my busy family and just laugh! Sunday is traditionally our family din-din and we have gotten very creative on how to sit the 16-plus family members around the table.

What is the most played song on your iPod? Country or classic rock! No favorites.
Least Favorite Chore? Dusting
What would you name your autobiography? Laughter truly is the best medicine
Favorite Local Hangout? Mi Casa with family, friends and the neighbors
Last Book I Read? The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Favorite Movie Of "All Time"? Sixteen Candles...Classic!
What's Playing On My iPod Right Now? Journey
Favorite Fast Food? Wendy's (just ask Deb, but Chick-fil-A is quickly moving up the ranks)
Childhood Hero? My Uncle Joe...just love that man!
Favorite "Geek Out" Activity? Playing video backgammon

Lee Jones

Lee Jones

IT Director

Born in Illinois, but made in Taiwan, I am married to Cathy who is an artist and jeweler. We have four cats (I love cats), one service dog (a long-hair Chihuahua), and no kids. Cathy and I are full-time RV'ers. I earned a MDiv from Talbot Seminary in 2010. I like to make ministry possible for others, as inexpensively as possible while providing full features. I am an IT professional by day and spend my evenings with my family. I'm working on running a 5K and not taking myself too seriously.

What song makes you happy when you hear it? The Oceans by Deluge
What is the wallpaper on your cellphone? My wife's Chihuahua, Chica
What did you want to be when you were a kid? An architect, the structural kind
A book that made a difference in your walk with Christ The Autobiography of George Müller
What is your coffee order? Regular, room for cream
What is your favorite place to hang out? Home, with Cathy
What's Music is Playing Right Now? Probably something by NeedToBreath, Switchfoot, or a piece of modern worship
What would you name your autobiography? Keeping Up With The Joneses
Last Book(s) I Read? System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Mastering the Fundamentals (informative); The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (excellent); The New Mormon Challenge by Richard Mouw (fascinating)
Favorite Movie Of "All Time"? LOTR, The Return of the King
Least Favorite Chore? Cleaning the cat litter boxes
Favorite Local Hangout? Barnes & Noble or Starbucks
Favorite Fast Food? In-N-Out (2 by 1, lettuce-tomato-onion only, mustard fried, pickles yes, with chopped chilies)
Childhood Hero? My dad (seriously) and Kamen Rider 2 (see Wikipedia)
Favorite "Geek Out" Activity? Writing web code, preferably while Cathy is working on her jewelry art

2016-2017 Elder Board

Back Row: Jim Passmore, Paul Lacombe, John Paris, Jeff Harabedian,  Robert Matthews,  Gary Painter, Mark Ancheta

Front Row: Mike McKay (Lead Pastor), Bo Prum

 

All of us are stewards of the treasures to which we have been entrusted: our families, our gifts and talents, our funds, our friendships and our time, and for the elder board – the ministries of this church. Cypress Church is a true jewel, and we accept that stewardship humbly and soberly.

Your elders continue their work of overseeing and defining the goals (“Ends”) of the church, and are focusing on better ways to measure our progress toward fulfilling each of the five pillars of our Unique Call (i.e., Worship, Belong, Grow, Serve and Reach). We very much are blessed by our regular visits with members who are sick, hurting or in need, and appreciate the opportunity to pray with and for them.

2016-2017 Trustee Board

Left to right: Dave Crotteau, Annie Sinkewicz, Alan Walker, Mark Bernardoni, Mark Ryan,

 Rebecca Adams, Erv Rapske

 

To paraphrase 1 Timothy 6:17-19,

Do not trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; do good, be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for yourself a God foundation for the time to come, That you may lay hold on eternal life.

Your trustees are modeling this for us as they are continually watching over the maintenance of our facilities and the financial soundness of our church.