Cypress Staff

  • Ben Sobels | Senior Pastor

    Ben is married to Joni and they have five children. Ben grew up in Australia and began following Jesus while caddying on the Nike Golf Tour. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, Ben moved to Monterey County, where he met Joni. He has been our senior pastor since 2010. With a passion for global missions, Ben also disciples men at Cypress and trains other pastors with The Bonhoeffer Project. For fun, Ben and Joni love hiking in the Toro hills together, driving north and south on Hwy 1, and eating Outback Steakhouse ribs on special occasions!

  • Jerry Boutry | Executive Pastor

    Jerry and Karen Boutry are high school sweethearts who became Christ-followers as college students. Married in 1977, they have three adult children and (to date) eight grandkids. A graduate of Liberty University and Fuller Seminary, Jerry has been in pastoral ministry since 1977. He has served as the Youth Pastor at Los Gatos Christian Church (now Venture Church); Founding and Senior Pastor at Salinas Valley Community church for 27 years; and now serves in his current role as Executive Pastor of Cypress since January 2012. 

  • Syndee VanGelder | Office and Accounting Manager

    Syndee is married to Kris and they have a son, Cody. She was raised in a Christian home and became a follower of Jesus at 8. Syndee's job doesn't fall under one title. She is the accounting manager, as well as the point-person for human resources (among other things). She draws on her 25 years of office experience to successfully manage the office at Cypress, enabling ministry leaders to worship Jesus, love one another, and serve the world.

  • Garreth Tiefenbach | Director of Equipping and Small Groups

    Garreth  equips the members of Cypress for ministry and supports the growth of 18-30 year olds at Cypress Church. After battling to understand life’s meaning and his place in the world, he became a Christ-follower during a three month missions trip to Kenya. He and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Eva, and another child on the way! He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Western Seminary, and received his Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry from Biola University in 2013.

  • Gabe Williams | Youth Director


  • Kylie Quidileg | Director of Children's Ministry

    A Monterey native and the oldest of five, Kylie became a Christ-follower in Sunday school when she was six years old. Her early walk with the Lord inspired a deep passion for sharing the Gospel to children. With a Diploma in Advanced Biblical Studies from Liberty University, Kylie has served as the Family Discipleship Assistant since September 2013. Whether it's Wednesday Awana clubs, or preparing for our exciting VBS, Kylie's always moving. She adores rollerblading with her sister, musical theater and all things dark chocolate.

  • CHEsnie Quidileg | Administrative Assistant


  • Gerry gile | Operations Manager

    Gerry is married to Gelina Gile and they have 6 children and 15 grandchildren (to date). Gerry was born and raised in the Monterey area where he has attended school and worked his entire life. He's an expert handyman and miraculously maintains our wonderful facilities and beautiful campus here at Cypress.

  • Doug Kile | Facilities Maintenance