Staff and Leadership

Teamwork is a very important part of all we do at Canyon Lake Community Church. And we definitely see that lived out among our staff. Our teamwork is demonstrated by our shared values: our love for the Lord, each other and for those in our community; our passion for the Gospel; and our desire to see men, women, boys and girls become fully-engaged disciples of Christ.

  • Dave Dick

    Executive Pastor

    Pastor Dave joined the staff of Canyon Lake Community Church in 2009. He and his wife Mollee have two girls and have lived in our community for the past 25 years. Dave is the Lead Teaching Pastor for all 3 of our weekly worship services.

  • Bryan Pitotti

    Pastor of worship arts     

    Responding to God's call to Canyon Lake Community Church, Bryan and his wife Amy moved their family into the area in 2005. His infectious enthusiasm for the Lord is evident as Bryan oversees and leads worship for the Sunday services at CLCC. He also serves as part of the Executive Leadership team where his administrative skills are put to good use. Aside from worship music, Bryan's varied interests in drama, videography, and graphic arts keep him very busy. 

  • Chris Hiigel

    ASSOCIATE director of worship arts       

    Chris Hiigel has been singing and leading worship in various churches in Southern California and became a worship leader here at CLCC in 2014. Graduating from California Baptist University and heavily involved in their music program, he gravitated those gifts towards worship and church ministry. Chris also helps in various other ministry programs throughout the church which include: Music Drama Day Camp, Christmas Dessert Theater and our social media connection. He is also a mega fan of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club.

  • Jay Farwell

    Student Ministries Pastor

    Often accused of being a big kid himself, Jay brings a lot of fun to the role of Student Ministries Pastor. Since he came on staff in September 2006, Jay has had the privilege of seeing middle school and high school students make life-changing decisions for Christ. Although there's always plenty of laughs and fun when Jay's around, he is also an engaging communicator of God's Word. When they're not running around with kids from Student Ministries, Jay and his wife Niki are running around after their own five young children.

  • Brittany Youngquist

    Director of preschool and early family ministry

    As a part of Canyon Lake Community Church's overall vision for the future, plans were developed in 2008 to begin a preschool ministry that would serve as an outreach to the local communities. Brittany was thrilled by the possibility of teaching at her home church.Canyon Lake Community Church Preschool opened its doors to students in the fall of 2010 with Brittany on staff as a full-time preschool teacher. In 2011, Brittany accepted the position of assistant preschool director and as of the summer of 2013, she answered God's call to the position of preschool director. Brittany is passionate about Jesus and education, so serving in the preschool ministry is a dream as she is able walk alongside children as they grow academically and spiritually. Brittany lives in Menifee with her husband Ricky and her daughter Aspyn. 

  • peter Van Dyke

    Pastor emeritus

    Pastor Pete served as Senior Pastor for 39 years and stepped down from that position on January 10, 2016. He continues to serve the church and the community on a part-time basis with his primary responsibility being Congregational Care. This area of service involves visitation to those hospitalized or shut-in, officiating at weddings and funerals and leading the Bereavement Support Groups. He may be reached by calling the church office. Pete and his wife, Pat, have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

  • Kristi Giardenlli

    Executive Administrator

    Kristy and her family joined Canyon Lake Community Church in 1982.   Her prior years of experience in Human Resource and passion for serving the Lord lead to a paid position in 1997. As an Executive Administrator, her role is in providing oversight, evaluation, resourcing, and accountability to the Executive Pastor in the area of ministry staffing and in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, in keeping with the Mission, Vision and Bylaws of the church and in compliance with both state and federal employment regulations.  

  • Elizabeth Yslas-weiss

    Childrens Ministry Leader

    Liz has been a member of Canyon Lake Community Church for a little over 4 years. She started coming here through the Teen MOPS ministry, and found Christ through this. After volunteering and serving in children’s ministries for the past year, the Lord lead her to this position and she is so excited and thankful that she can serve on staff here at CLCC. She loves seeing Christ through the children’s eyes and recognizes the importance of scripture in their lives. Her and her husband live in Lake Elsinore with their three children. 

  • Peniel Flake

    Childrens Ministry Leader

    Peniel began serving in the preschool in 2011. She is the one with the warm smile and the best hugs who greets our families as they arrive each morning. In addition to serving as the preschool receptionist, Peniel is also our Children’s Ministry Leader, so she is a familiar face on Sundays to our families who are here throughout the week. Peniel is joyful, loving and an incredible listener. She is a prayer warrior who invests in our families as she sees them each day. Peniel enjoys serving the Lord in various ways at CLCC; she also enjoys sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. Her husband Harvey also serves at the church, along with her three daughters. We must also mention that Peniel is a proud grandmother.