Our Team

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About Our Pastor

Matt Valencia


Husband to DeAnna; Dad to Rebekah, Matthew, Josiah, Elisha and Abigail; and Pastor of ReGeneration Church.

Matt “grew up” in ministry at Calvary Chapel West Covina under Pastor Raul Ries. He graduated from Azusa Pacific where he met his wife, DeAnna. He then taught and coached at a public high school when the Lord began to call him to the ministry of a pastor. Matt served as an assistant pastor for Don McClure at CC San Jose and then moved on from CCSJ to work as a teacher/principal of a school for students incarcerated for drugs and alcohol.

In 2001, the Lord led him to begin a new and fresh work, planting Calvary Chapel Gilroy where he pastored until 2012 when he came to Santa Cruz to minister. Matt is passionate about Jesus, equipping the saints, his family, and 49ers football. Ministry keeps him desperate and humbled since he is always in over his head.

Fun fact from Matt: "I was first attracted to DeAnna when we were in college and I saw her working on her own car!"

Elders

  • Tony Dettle

    Men's Ministry | Contact

    My wife Cece and I were married back in 1990, and since then, we have been blessed with 3 awesome adult children and their amazing families, we currently have 10 “grands” / “great-grands” combined, each different from the other, and all are so very precious to us.


    We started attending ReGeneration Church (ReGen) about 15 years ago, back when it was called “Calvary Chapel Santa Cruz”, and during these past many years, we have grown closer and closer to The Lord, and have grown to love and cherish our church family very much. The Bible teaching is what initially drew me to Calvary Chapel, the freedom and simplicity of teaching right through the bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter even through the hard stuff, God has grounded me through His Word, and my faith continues to grow every day. I was ordained in February of 2017, and along with the other Pastors and Elders here, we have seen both blessings and some struggles along the way … but God is faithful!


    Cece went home to be with Jesus in March of 2020, and while I know I will see her again (and I can’t wait to), I also know that He is not done with me yet, and that I am lovingly and securely “in HIS grip!” I have been given a heart for “God’s men”, and as I personally continue to look to Him in regard to my own life, my own walk, both in the victories and in the defeats, as one of His men, I want to be used by Him to help strengthen and encourage my brothers in their walk while I’m still here.


    I’ve always loved the beauty and symbolism of the eagle: its majesty, strength, courage, and its freedom in flight. One of my favorite sections of scriptures is found in Isaiah 40:


    29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint.

    -Isaiah 40:29-31


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  • Derek Rapolla

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    Derek began his walk with Jesus at Calvary Chapel Palm Springs in 2003. His desire to learn the Bible continued to grow and God presented Derek with the opportunity to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC). Derek met his wife Lesle at CCBC and they were married 2 years after Derek graduated. They both continued to work on the campus serving in various roles there until 2014 when God called them to New England to start the New England School of Ministry. After 4 years the Lord opened up a door for the Rapollas to move back to California for a new job at Mount Hermon Conference Center where Derek is currently serving as the Accommodations Manager.


    Derek, his wife Lesle, and two kids Mya and Eli have been attending ReGeneration Church since 2018. After being called back to California from New England the Rapollas made a "list" of churches to visit once they were all settled in. ReGeneration Church was the first and only church they ended up visiting. Derek shared, "During the service the pastor was teaching directly from the Bible. Afterwards, it seemed like the whole church stuck around to talk and fellowship. The kids came into the Sanctuary smiling ear to ear and we knew this was our new home. We signed up for a LifeGroup that day!" 


    One of the most impactful passages in Derek's life is Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."


Staff

  • Denise Wills

    Administrator | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? I have been attending since April 12, 2009.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Joshua 24:15: "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? I am half Irish and half German and I HATE talking about myself so that's all you're getting out of me!


  • Teresa Dettle

    Accountant & Family Ministry | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? My aunt and brother began attending and invited me. I have been attending since 2009.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Proverbs 3:5-6


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? I have 9 siblings and am the oldest of the 9. My favorite color is orange.

  • Reeve Lively

    Youth Pastor | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? My wife Jessalyn and I first started attending ReGeneration Church when I was hired as the youth pastor after graduating from Calvary Bible Institute in January of 2020.

    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Matthew 6:25-34 has been very impactful to me. Through all of the uncertainty of life, God has provided for my every need as I put relationship with Him as the top priority of my life and sought Him first.

    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? Fun fact: I have lived in 11 different cities in 5 different states over a span of 5 years, until finding my permanent home in Santa Cruz a few years ago.

  • Kenny Sahagun

    Graphics & Media | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? I have been attending since 2018 when Pastor Matt asked me to help the church with their graphics.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Ecclesiastes 12:13: "...Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man."

    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? In high school I won second place at the California State Fair digital arts showcase for a photoshopped picture of myself with the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Ministry Team

  • DeAnna Valencia

    Women's Ministry | Contact


  • Kim & Jerry-Rose Johnson

    Legacy Ministry | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? An old friend of ours, who had turned away from God, had reached out to us because of the painful consequences of that decision, to cause suffering for him and his family. He had attended Calvary Chapel many years before as a new Christian and we thought it was a good idea to invite him to ReGen, remembering how much he enjoyed the verse by verse teaching in his young Christian life. At the time, we were attending Saturday night services at our church, so it was easy for us to just meet him there on Sunday mornings. But every time we visited we, too, had divine encounters of many kinds that satisfied our souls and we finally came to the understanding that God was calling us to attend ReGen. We wrote a letter to the Elders of our church, to let them know about our decision. It was very difficult to leave our friends there, but we knew that God had a plan. They understood that it was an act of obedience to God’s calling and were very kind in their reply. We are still in contact with our dear friends there and consider them family. It really taught us the importance of being obedient to God. He never fails! He increased our Christian family by leaps and bounds.

    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? The passage in Romans 12:12 covers the whole gamut of life for us, especially as we age, to think on and apply. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself?

    Kim: I am related to William Penn, who was persecuted in England for his Quaker faith, and who founded the state of Pennsylvania, as a refuge for religious minorities of Europe.

    Jerry-Rose: I was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and unlike Kim’s ‘fancy background’, all of my ancestors, both sides, are full-fledged 100% Hillbillies. They are wonderful people who to this day are rather misunderstood, but to my mind, "the salt of the earth."

  • Michael & Melissa Woodburn

    Marriage Ministry | Contact


  • Rick & Sarah Rosenquist

    Faith Community Shelter Homeless Feeding | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? We came to ReGeneration Church about 5 or 6 years ago when we were searching for a new church home.

    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Joshua 1: 9 has always been a powerful scripture that has given me strength and encouragement.

    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? Rick is the youngest of 5 children, and all of his siblings were adopted. Sarah loves to read and garden.

  • Dayna

    ReGen Kids | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? My husband Bryan and I came just about a month after our oldest child was born, in Fall of 2016. After being part of another excellent body of believers for well over a decade, the Lord moved us here…tada!


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? That would be Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” This short verse is in the exchange between Mary and Gabriel when Mary is told she will be the mother of Christ.


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? I always forget the details of movies we have watched…so movies are always fresh and new to me…even if I have (apparently!) seen them before…

Service Team

  • Ken Horn

    Worship Team | Contact

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  • Donna Kimball

    Prayer Team | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? I came to the church in 2002 after hearing Pastor David Johnston on the radio program teaching verse by verse through the Bible.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Among my favorite Bible scriptures is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? In my early 20s I spent almost 3 months living on a Greyhound bus traveling all around the country.


  • Lynn Anderson

    Missions Prayer | Contact

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  • Ben Barber

    Tech Team | Contact

    I’ve been attending ReGen since 2017.  I remember listening to Chuck Smith and Raul Ries on the radio when I was in college.  I really appreciated their teaching style, which was to go through the Bible verse by verse.  It is so refreshing to know what is coming next week, to be ready for it, and to study the Bible and worship Jesus with other believers.

     

    Leading the Tech-Team at ReGen has been a great opportunity.  I once read a book called Producing Worship by Josiah Way, which caused me to think more deeply about the worship service and what it should be like.  Being on the Tech-Team is definitely not an ‘upfront’ place to serve, but it is incredibly important and rewarding.  If we’re doing our jobs well, whether that’s video, sound, slides or even lighting, no one knows we’re there.  When we do make mistakes, we get blamed for everything from the temperature being too hot or too cold, to even the coffee tasting bad!


    If you’re a person who wants to serve God and have technical skills, join the Tech-Team at ReGen.  You’ll be with a group of like-minded people who don’t care if you’re not one of the ‘cool people’, but will be welcomed on our team, just like the rest of us.


  • Jeremae Reyes

    Social Media | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? I started coming to ReGen in 2017 when I began my first teaching job at Baymonte Christian School. When I stepped into ReGen, I immediately felt like I found a home along with brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage one another and lead each other back to scripture.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? The Word is everything to me. The promises of God have proven to be faithful to me. During the most painful times of my life, I knew that there was only One thing that I can cling to being true and that is Jesus and His word. Even when it was hard, it was the only solid foundation I had.


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? During the hardest times of my life, I held onto two verses. Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” and Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” — These two verses remind me that no matter what I am going through, even in disappointment, I have chosen to give my life to the Lord because I trust Him.

  • TJ Dettle

    Security Team & Family Ministry | Contact

    How did you first start coming to ReGen? My parents had been going to this church for quite some time before I started attending. They always spoke so highly of the expository teaching and the down-to-earth atmosphere of "come as you are," and so I was drawn to come see for myself. I've been here now for over 10 years.


    What has been an impactful scripture in your life? Romans 12:2 - "No longer conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."


    What is a fun/random/interesting/unique fact about yourself? When I'm not at church or at work I refuse to wear anything but shorts and Santa Cruz tees! I love God, my family, skateboarding, and motorcycles.


  • Barbara Burke & Jessica Jolly

    Helping Hearts & Hands Ministry | Contact

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