About Us

Our mission is to “make more and better disciples” of Jesus both locally and globally. When you visit a church for the first time, it can be intimidating or confusing. At Canyon Hills, it’s our goal to make your first experience as easy and stress free as possible.

Here at Canyon Hills, we value community and getting connected. Our Sunday messages are all created around finding community with one another and connecting to God.

We are a welcoming church that encourages people who love Jesus or have questions to come and join us as we journey in faith together.

Our History


Pastor Larry Mendenhall, his wife, Shirley, and their three young children, started Canyon Hills Friends Church in East Yorba Linda on June 3, 1990. The church first met in a leased facility on La Palma Avenue for 15 years. In 2003, Canyon Hills purchased the property on Fairmont Connector and built an 18,000 square facility. On April 3, 2005, Canyon Hills had its first service in its new and current facility.

Since its beginning, Canyon Hills has reached beyond the city of Yorba Linda by starting new churches. Canyon Hills has started five other churches. The first was in Corona, California; the second in the Philippines; the third in Norco, California; the fourth in Juárez, Mexico; and the fifth in Clovis, California.

Today, Canyon Hills is still a church family dedicated to following the model of Jesus Christ and sharing His message of love and grace both locally and globally.

The Elders


Bill Hezmalhalch
Bill H.
Chip Gulley
Chip G.
Katy Castner
Katy C.
Bob Hoppe
Bob H.
Marc McGinnis
Mark M.
Allison Delperdang
Allison D.
Brad Kindorf
Brad K.
Our Vision

We are committed to see people saved, healed, set free,
find hope, find connections, and be empowered to serve.

Reach
We are committed to will reaching and teaching and our children and youth right where they are, accept them, love them and guide them to a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ.
Teach
We endeavor to mend and meet people’s needs and connect them to healing ministries, support and find hope for the future.
Mend
We are committed to will reaching and teaching and our children and youth right where they are, accept them, love them and guide them to a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ.
Send
We will send and continue to support our churches in Juarez and the Philippines and focus on church planting in that region. We intend on planting more churches both locally and globally.