Our Elders

  • garreth tiefenbach | Last Names A - B

    Garreth is married to Katie and they have three children, Eva, Norah and Daniel. After struggling to understand life’s meaning and his place in the world, Garreth became a Christ-follower during a three month missions trip to Kenya. Garreth’s heart is to see everyone at Cypress equipped for ministry, engaged in community, and living their lives for Jesus. He received his Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry from Biola University in 2013 and Master’s Degree from Western Seminary in 2019.


  • MATT MAZERIK | Last Names C - F

    Matt permanently moved from Indiana to California while attending Bethany University in Scotts Valley, CA.  It's there that he met his lovely wife of 17 years, Karie. Matt and Karie have 3 daughters (Katie, Aria, and Miriam) and have been part of Cypress since 2015 since moving to the area from San Jose.  They serve together on the worship team and are also small group leaders.  Matt and his family operate several assisted living facilities for the elderly on the Monterey Peninsula.


  • Bob Winn | Last Names G - K

    As the son of a U.S. Marine Officer, Bob has lived all over the country. Bob himself served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in the Vietnam War before beginning a 40+yr career in the property/casualty insurance field. Bob and his wife Sue have been married for 49 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren. The Winns moved to Carmel Valley in 1994 and have attended Cypress since 2010. During his time at Cypress, Bob has served on the finance and personnel teams, led the Men’s Ministry for 4 years, and served as an Elder for 3 years. Bob is serving his second term on the Elder Board.


  • Dave Anderson | Last Names L - M

    Dave & Margie have been married for 48 years, attended Cypress for over 40 years, helped build our church and raised their two sons here. Dave is a retired teacher in the Pacific Grove School District. He's served the Lord on mission trips to Ecuador, Kenya & Sudan; by singing in choir, teaching Sunday School, preaching at Cypress Gonzales, discipling younger men, teaching a Spreckels Good News Club, and as committee chairman for CEF Monterey, Santa Cruz, & San Benito counties. Dave loves the Lord, the gospel, and teaching about Jesus.


  • Tim Ryan | Last Names N - R

    Tim is married to Kelly; they have four adult children and three grandchildren. They have been attending Cypress for 2 1/2 years and are actively involved in a small group. Tim works as Acting Superintendent for Santa Rita School District. He enjoys serving in Children's Ministry. Kelly serves with Cypress Homeless Ministry team.


  • Bill Victorino | Last Names S - T

    Bill is a Watsonville/Salinas native, who married his wife Mary Alice, in 2007. Together, they have thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren (to date). At their previous church, Bill led men's bible studies, served with Mary Alice as Celebrate Recovery ministry leaders, and were both lay counselors with the New Hope family counseling ministry. Bill and Mary Alice came to Cypress in 2014 and are currently in couples small group Bible study. Bill's passion is to be used by Christ to minimize the stresses and serenity busters in their lives. 


  • Paul Cripe | Last Names U - z

    Paul and his wife, Bobbi, have been married for 40 years. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.  They have attended Cypress since 2015 and are involved in a small group and serve in the Cypress food pantry. Paul is a retired mathematics professor for Modesto Junior College, and Bobbi is a retired 4th grade teacher for Modesto City Schools.



    Ben is married to Joni. They have five kids, all of whom they’ve launched! Ben grew up in Australia and got saved while caddying on golf’s PGA Tour in 1995. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree in 2000. Ben became our senior pastor in 2010. He is passionate about preaching the gospel, making disciples, and planting churches. He recently wrote a book with his good friend, Bill Hull, that is titled The Discipleship Gospel.