Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Staff and Leadership


  • Philip Hamner – Senior Pastor – email
  • Grady Gillespie – Youth Pastor – email
  • Greg Mann – Worship Leader – email
  • Lucinda Mckenzie – Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries (and Interim Children’s Pastor) – email
  • CynDee Allen – Highland Avenue Christian School Director – email
  • Office staff – email

Leadership Council

The Highland Leadership Team (aka Church Board) is comprised of laypersons elected by the congregation to serve overlapping terms. The Nazarene Manual instructs to only elect those persons, “who profess the experience of entire sanctification and whose lives bear public witness to the grace of God that calls us to a holy life; who are in harmony with the doctrines, polity, and practices of the Church of the Nazarene; and who support the local church faithfully in attendance and with tithes and offerings.” These standards are important as the Leadership Team will deal with a wide variety of issues throughout the year and their decisions will greatly affect the local body. Each member is also expected to adhere to the Covenant of Christian Character and Conduct.

  • Michael Sapp (secretary)
  • Janice Frazier
  • Suzanne Grani
  • Kristen Herchenroeder
  • Rusty Manzo
  • David Miller
  • Abi Ireland
  • Steve Lyons
  • Maria Thompson

Finance Committee

  • Rusty Manzo (committee chairperson)
  • Darrell Grani
  • Karen Gerdes
  • Dan Ireland

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