Meet the Team

Our pastors love the Lord, the Word of God, and the community in and around Cross of Grace Santa Ana.

KYLE HOULTON

Senior Pastor |

Kyle’s primary responsibilities include preaching, vision casting, leadership of the pastoral team, small groups, and the development of new leaders. He grew up in New Mexico and served as a pastor in Tucson, Arizona before coming to Santa Ana to plant our church in 2016. In addition to serving as our pastor, Kyle also works full-time at the Orange County Rescue Mission in development and fundraising. Kyle and his wife Kelsey have 4 children and live in Downtown Santa Ana.

JEFF SCHLIEDER

Pastor |

Jeff’s primary responsibilities include service planning, theological education, biblical counseling, and overseeing children’s, men’s, women’s, and outreach ministries. Jeff grew up in Corona, CA and came out to Orange County in 2010 as part of another church planting effort. He joined the planting team of Cross of Grace in 2017, and became a pastor at our church in 2021. Jeff and his wife Taylor have 2 children and live in Downtown Santa Ana.

JASON ROENICKE

Pastoral Intern |

Jason’s primary responsibilities include directing Sunday Teams and leading a small group. Jason became a member of our church in 2020 and began a pastoral internship to be trained and evaluated for pastoral ministry in 2021. He works full-time for The Lost Bean coffee shops, which has locations throughout Orange County. He and his wife Kayleigh live in Yorba Linda and have two children with another one on the way.

We Don't Do This Alone

Our team of deacons are instrumental in carrying out the mission and values of our church.

CHRISTOPHER ERKELENS

Deacon |

Christopher is a marketing professional at a local non-profit who lives in Orange with his wife Rebecca and their children. In addition to the normal responsibilities of a deacon, he leads our AV Team and a small group.

LIZ MADRIGAL

Deacon |

Liz is on-staff at Cross of Grace and lives in Santa Ana with her husband Fernando and their children. In addition to the normal responsibilities of a deacon, she serves as our Church Administrative Assistant.

JIM CUNNINGHAM

Deacon |

Jim is a retired program manager in the field of higher education who lives in Orange with his wife Angie. In addition to the normal responsibilities of a deacon, he serves as a member of the Finance Committee and worship team.

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