Ministry Team

Church Elders:  Mark Cedar, Pete Donovan, Hal Graham, Mike McAuliffe, Jim Prock, Jerry Wheeler


Board of Directors:  Glenn Bjorklund, Mark Cedar, Hal Graham, Steve Herthel, Jack Washburn


  • Mark Cedar, Lead Pastor - Mark has served at Desert Springs on the pastoral team since 2003, becoming lead pastor in 2006. He is a fourth generation pastor, having completed his BA in Speech Communication at Cal State University Los Angeles and his MA in Evangelism at Wheaton College, with added theological coursework at Phoenix Seminary. Before pastoring, he and his wife Cheri traveled in full-time evangelistic ministry for many years throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have two grown children and a crazy dog.


  • Jim Zeilenga, Pastor to Seniors & Groups - Jim is a seasoned pastor having served faithfully with CRU College ministry, Sierra Madre Congregational Church, Valencia Hills Community Church, and adjunct professor for Azusa Pacific University. Jim is in his fourth year here at Desert Springs. He and his wife Chris have two grown children and a charming granddaughter.


  • Abie Perkins, Director of Worship - With a rich background in music, Abie directs a wide variety of artistry here at Desert Springs, leading main worship services on keyboard with vocals. Abie and his wife Lisa have two children.


  • Pastor to Youth - Pray as we seek God's new leader for youth ministries, and know that our youth ministry team is keeping ministry going strong during this interim for 7th - 12 grade students here at the church.


  • Lorraine Hart, Director of Kids & Families - Lorraine oversees all aspects of Kids Ministries, birth through 5th grade, and leads AWANA Wednesday night programming. In addition, she coordinates special events and opportunities for parents and families, including Family Luncheons, Parents Night Out, and much more.



  • Cindy Hassett, Early Childhood Ministries - Cindy coordinates a team of loving childcare workers who not only care for the youngest attenders here at the church, but minister to them as well - through Sunday morning puppet and worship time, Bible stories, and activities. Our safe and secure environment features electronic check-in, monitored classrooms, and personal attention to each child.


  • Terri Griffin, Worship Choir Conductor


  • Michael Gagliardi, Worship Leader for REFRESH


  • Sharon Wren, Office Manager & Asst. to Lead Pastor


  • Laura Keener, Frontline Director & Reception


  • Julie St. Angelo, Director of Women's Ministries


  • Al Hurt, Director of Men's Ministries


  • Annie McCoy, Director of Counseling & Care


  • Ted Walker, Director of Audio Visual Ministries


  • Sherri Gagliardi, Director of Family Room