About Canyon Hills
Pastor Larry, 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.
Jesus said, “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
The mission of Canyon Hills Friends Church is to obey the Great Commission of Jesus by “making more and better disciples” of Jesus both locally and globally.
Canyon Hills exists to invite people to pursue Christ and to develop a character that is constantly becoming more and more like His.
The methods that Canyon Hills uses to help people pursue Christ include worship services, small group Bible studies (ROOTED), and coaching opportunities.
Carlos was born in Juárez, Mexico and raised in both Juárez 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 the vision and mission of Canyon Hills Friends Church and is passionate about reaching, teaching, mending, and sending.
Larry was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and grew up on a farm. He graduated from Barclay College. Larry and his wife, Shirley (deceased, cancer, 2018), started Canyon Hills in 1990. They have three married children, two granddaughters and three grandsons, 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.
Equipping Pastor for Adults
Matthew grew up in Tustin, California and graduated from Hope International University with a degree in Biblical Studies. Matthew and His wife Tiffini have been at Canyon Hills since 2013 and have a new baby boy named Oliver. Creative teaching is one of Matt’s passions and he is always seeking to find new ways to make scripture come alive for all who hear it. Matt currently oversees our Life Group ministry, our connect ministry, and our weekend teaching planning.
Equipping Pastor for Junior High & High School Students & Office Administrator
Alec Alvarado grew up in Buena Park and joined the Canyon Hills Friends staff in 2018. He attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton and attends Vanguard University’s Professional Studies program for his undergrad in Ministry & Leadership. One of his passions is to lead students into a relationship with Jesus and challenge them to lead their friends to Christ. When Alec is not working, he enjoys surfing at Huntington Beach.
Kenyonna grew up In Chicago, IL where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business. She had always grown up in church but felt a deeper call to Ministry in 2018 and took an opportunity to Intern at Elevation Church in North Carolina. That same year she married her husband Dan and they decided to follow the calling placed on their lives. In 2019 they moved from Chicago to the Orange County area to work in Family Ministry. Kenyonna loves to bake, garden, collect coffee mugs and spend time with friends and family. She especially loves her son Joshua who was born in 2021.
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 Canyon 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.
Canyon Hills Elder Team
Terry De La Cruz