Meet the Staff


Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve Lennertz

Steve Lennertz

Pastor Steve is Founder and Lead Pastor of Eagle Ridge Church in Menifee, California. Steve accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1975 at a Saturday night concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. As a young man, Steve worked in cabinet shops, and later obtained a Contractor’s License. He owned one of the Inland Empire’s premier cabinet shops for over twelve years. It was during this time Steve sensed God calling him into full time ministry. He surrendered to God’s leading to plant a church in Menifee, called Eagle Ridge Church in 1994.

Steve has a passion for life and for helping others find their purpose. His in-depth teaching from God’s Word equips people to be effective followers of Jesus Christ. In addition to shepherding the flock at Eagle Ridge, Steve serves as a Chaplain for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California Baptist University, a Master’s from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is completing a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gateway Seminary. Pastor Steve is a native Californian; married for 38 years to Kathryn, who is also a graduate of CBU with a Bachelor, and a Masters in Education. Steve and his wife enjoy spending time with their family. They have a daughter, two sons, and they are especially blessed with eight grandchildren. You can contact Steve at s.lennertz@eagleridgechurch.com.

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Executive Pastor

Portrait of Pastor John Carter

Pastor John Carter

John Carter

John serves as Executive Pastor of Eagle Ridge Church. John was licensed to the Gospel ministry in 1986 and ordained ten years later. His secular career experiences include retail management, contractor, adjunct college professor, and theater tech director. John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Arts in Education. He is an accomplished musician, playing many instruments and using his talents to serve the Lord.

John married fellow Inland Empire native Sue Stauffacher in 1980; they have four children and nine grandchildren. Sue and John accepted Christ together on September 30, 1985. Sue is also a graduate of California Baptist University and earned a Master’s degree in counseling.

John’s life verse is Psalm 16:5-6, and he often signs correspondence with “Psalm 150:6!” (Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!) You can contact John at john@eagleridgechurch.com.



Associate Pastor: Music Ministry

Portrait of Pastor Chris Siangco

Pastor Chris Siangco

Chris Siangco

Pastor Chris was born in 1951 on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. He met his wife Gail in 1973 and they are blessed with four sons and five grandchildren. They both received Jesus Christ into their hearts in the summer of 1973 and were baptized together in 1974.

From 1973-1987 Chris served as a bible study teacher, worship leader, and member of the church choir. In 1984 he and Gail helped to plant a Victory Outreach Church and became directors of a re-entry home, a transition point for men and women recently released from rehab.

In 1991 Chris relocated his family to San Diego, Ca. His passion for the Martial Arts prompted him to open a school in Chula Vista. In 2006 he turned the school over to his sons. His son Chaz runs it currently. During this period he worked as a restaurant General Manager and soon promoted to District Training Manager. In 2007 he moved to Escondido to work as a Train Engineer for a passenger light rail transportation company.

Chris and Gail moved to Menifee in 2009 and God led them to Eagle Ridge Church. They are both involved in several ministries. Chris is preparing to go back to college and finish what he started in1976. You can reach Chris at chris@eagleridgechurch.com.