Ministry Team

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:23-25

Steve DeNicola

Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve DeNicola has been our Senior Pastor since 1989. He has a sincere desire to help people grow in their relationship with God by teaching the Bible in a verse by verse format, while relating God's truth to our lives. With the heart of a shepherd he seeks to lead our church body in care for one another and develop our commitment to the Lord Jesus.​ ​Steve and his wife Lori have been married for over 30 years and are enjoying the blessings of their three adult children and their families.

Tom Rydzeski


Tom, along with his wife Suzette, have been serving the Lord faithfully at Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch for over 30 years. As an Elder, Tom's leadership, wisdom and teaching skills have helped to guide Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch throughout the years as we have sought to honor our Lord Jesus Christ and feed His people the spiritual meat of the Word of God.  Suzette is not only our church administrator, but also our Women's Ministry Leader. Together, Tom and Suzette are an invaluable asset to our church family.

Richard Zaino


Both Richard and his wife Stardedt, received Jesus as personal Savior in 1977 and their lives have not been the same since! They have been serving the Lord here for over 30 years. Richard has a passion to teach God's people about the Lord, pray for your needs, and help you to grow strong in Christ. In his role as Elder he is a great asset to our leadership team. Stardedt's passion is to lead children to Christ and help them to learn God's Word in creative and fun ways. She teaches in our Sunday School, and helps the children put on special holiday presentations!

Gary North


Gary and his wife Beckie have faithfully served the Lord in many areas throughout the past three decades here at Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch. Gary serves as  Deacon and assists with the oversight of our Children's Ministry. Both Gary and Beckie's love for children has been evident by the countless hours they have spent teaching our young people about the love of Jesus and how to grow in their Christian faith. Together, they help to ensure a safe and encouraging Christian environment for our church family.

Suzette Rydzeski

Church Administration  

Women's Ministry Leader

When you call the church office, Suzette's cheerful voice will surely welcome you to the ministry of Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch. She makes sure that our church runs smoothly and with excellence for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Taking care of the many administrative needs of our church family is only one of her many talents. For more than a decade, Suzette has lovingly led our Women's Ministry in Bible studies, Retreats and special events, helping our ladies to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ, as well as in their relationships with one another.


Every Sunday we have a dynamic time of Worship and praise, as we honor and uplift the name of Jesus!

Currently, we have several teams alternating their talents for our Sunday morning worship service. Come and enjoy our time together!


Rich Christiano

"Iron Men" Leader

Rich Christiano is a full time Christian Film Producer and Distributor.  Some of the movies he has written and directed are The Time Changer, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, and A Matter of Faith.  He shares in this ministry of Film Production with his wife, Regina.

Rich has a passion for the Word of God that is contagious to all of our men. He leads our Thursday evening IRON MEN ministry, and encourages the men to not just read over the Word, but to really understand what God is showing them in the word. During these weekly studies, our men are challenged to grow in their relationship with Christ, as they sharpen one another to be capable instruments in the hand of Christ to lead and guide their families, marriages, work places and our church.

Brycen & Miriã Flournoy

Youth & Children's Ministry Leaders

Brycen's desire is for everyone to know Jesus on a personal and intimate level.  He believes a growing and fruitful life in Christ entails worship, prayer, studying the Bible and serving others.  Brycen believes that genuine discipleship and healthy friendships that glorify Christ will equip the youth to become who God has called them to be, and set the example for generations to come.

Brycen's wife Miriã, in addition to supporting Brycen's work with our youth, is excited  to oversee and support our Children's Ministry. Miriã grew up as a missionary kid in Mozambique, Africa, where her parents have an orphanage ministry.  Her experiences in the mission field sparked a desire to serve and teach children.  She believes that each child is an important and valuable part of God's kingdom.

Wes & Jill Gaudet

"Revival" Leaders

Wes and Jill have been leading in various ministries throughout the years here at Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch. They met while attending our Youth Group while they were growing up, and have been married for several years now.

Together they are a powerful team that leads by example. Wes has a passion to teach God's people the uncompromising Word, and to encourage his peers to serve Jesus Christ with their whole heart. REVIVAL has grown and flourished under their care and leadership.

Dale Knight

Sunday Morning Youth Leader

Dale has a love for youth and a desire to see them experience God's goodness and faithfulness in their lives. He faithfully leads our Sunday morning Youth Bible Study and loves to join in with extra curricular opportunities, where our youth are able to connect with one another, while they grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Dale believes that our youth need to know God's Word in order to live a life that pleases Christ in their generation. Therefore, our Sunday morning youth bible studies are strongly centered around God's inerrant Word, and how it applies to our lives.