We are a community of Christ followers that are dedicated to extending our embrace into our local neighborhood and around the world. We have been serving in the city of Yorba Linda since 1990.
Our relationship with Christ can be summarized by this scripture – “For now we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and we who have been baptized into union with Christ are enveloped by Him. We are no longer Jews or Gentiles, or slaves or free men, or even merely men or women, but we are all the same – we are Christians; we are one in Jesus Christ!” – Galatians 3:26-28 (NLT)
Our relationship with one another can be summarized by this scripture – “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)
The purpose of our church is summarized in a single sentence, which is based on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, found in Matthew 28:19-20.
Our Mission: Our mission is to make more and better disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Great Commission of Jesus Christ is this – “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Larry was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and grew up on a farm. He graduated from Barclay College. Larry and his wife, Shirley, started Canyon Hills in 1990. They have three married children and two granddaughters, and love water sports and sand rails. Larry’s passion is to carry out the vision God put in his heart over 30 years ago to build more and better disciples for Jesus Christ.
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Equipping Pastor for Adults
Carlos was born in Juarez, Mexico and raised in both Juarez and El Paso, Texas. He and his wife Olivia have been at Canyon Hills since 2000 and have three children: Carlos II, Ian, and Alexis. Carlos currently oversees our Adult Ministries and Missions programs. He enjoys starting new ministries and loves leading missions.
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Equipping Pastor for Youth and Young Families
David Hopper and his wife Alisa have been in ministry for over 20 years and have three beautiful children Ana, Nate, and Noelle. David went to Biola University and received a master’s degree in organizational leadership. He loves leading teams, missions, and building leaders who go beyond themselves to build up leaders around them.
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High School Director
Calvin lives in Old Towne Orange with his wife Kenzie. He is currently at Azusa Pacific University working on his Master of Divinity degree. He loves to read, spend time in the outdoors, and rock climb.
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Equipping Pastor for Children
Pastor Pam Baker, better known as “Miss Pam,” has been with Canyon since its inception. Her passion for kids led her to this church, where she and her husband raised their own two boys, and where she has served in Children’s ministry along with many other volunteer positions. If you were to ask Pam her favorite thing to do at church it would be to teach kids the word of God!
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Junior High Intern
Allison has lived in Yorba Linda her entire life and has been attending Canyon Hills since she was one. She graduated from California Baptist Univeristy with a degree in Liberal Studies and is currently attending Cal State Fullerton to earn her teacher’s credential to become an elementary school teacher. Allison loves working with students of any age and is passionate about seeing the youth grow in their relationships with the Lord and honoring Him with their lives.
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Linda has been with CHFC since it started in 1990 and working as the church bookkeeper since 2004. Linda has been married to Mike for 28 years and they have 2 children, Allison who is also on staff, and Chris who is actively serving with the Junior High Ministry.
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Kenzie recently joined the Canyon Hills staff as the Office Administrator. She graduated from Biola University with a BA in Psychology and hopes to return to graduate school to become a Marriage & Family Therapist. Kenzie lives in Old Towne Orange with her husband, Calvin. She loves to read, spend time with friends, and try new DIY projects.
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Wednesday Night Coordinator
Shelley grew up in Yorba Linda & graduated from Eaperanza High School. Shelley and her husband Carlos have attended Canyon Hills since 2004. Together they have 5 childern: Claudia, Carlos Jr., Olivia, Jesse, and Isabella. They love water sports and just spending time together.
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Shirley grew up in a Haviland, Kansas on a dairy farm. She and Pastor Larry met and married while attending Barclay College. Together they started Canyon Hills in 1990. They have three married children and two granddaughters, and love water sports. Shirley’s passion, besides her grandchildren, is to carry out the vision God put in her heart to build more and better disciples for Jesus Christ.
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Mike and Joanne Young
Family Ministries, College & Beyond, MOPS
Mike and Joanne have been married for 13 years and have been attending Canyon Hills since 2003. They have three children Joshua (20), Victoria (11) and Hannah (10) and love days at the park and the beach or just being with family and friends. They love to serve the Lord and are happy to be leading the College & Beyond Ministry, the Family Ministry, and the MOPS Ministry at Canyon Hills.
Katy was born in Lynwood California but was raised in Anaheim since she was 6. Katy married her husband Randy in 1981 at the young age of 19 years. Katy has attended Canyon Hills since Opening in 1990. They have now have 4 children, Jake, Kyle, Stacy and daughter in law Morgan and one grandson Briggs . Katy loves spending time with family, playing games, camping, and baking.
Wesley was born and raised in Orange County. Wesley has been at Canyon Hills since High School when he started dating his wife Allison who began attending as a child the day it opened. They now have three children. His passion is to see people grow in their faith as they share the love of Jesus through serving others both locally and internationally.