Meet The Team
Founding Pastor and Georgia native, Bryan James, is a graduate of Pentacostal Theological Seminary where he earned a Master’s Degree in Church Leadership with an emphasis on Missions. He and his wife Elaine moved to California in 2005 to launch Monterey Church. In 2012, Pastor Bryan led Monterey Church through a season of reformation into a more missional model, which included overseeing a new church plant in Northern Virginia (where he currently resides) and establishing a robust partnership with Compassion International to release children from poverty in the name of Jesus. Pastor Bryan and Elaine have four children: Rachel, Sarah, Julia and Samuel. Bryan enjoys running, books, and anything and everything related to FSU football.
Leland obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Davis, and his law degree from the University of San Diego. While practicing as an attorney, Leland felt called to serve at Monterey Church. His focus is on discipleship and leadership development, missions and the business operations of the Monterey Church campuses. Leland and his wife Veronica are proud parents of twins (Jonah and Ava). In his free time, Leland enjoys anything outdoors, reading and live music.
Mike grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated with a B.S degree in Communication Studies from James Madison University. He met Hannah early in college, and they got married in May, 2010. Mike has been serving in ministry for 17 years. His passion is to serve and lead people closer to their full potential in Christ through the power of the local church. He’s actively involved in all things music, media, student/college/young adult ministry, missions, preaching, teaching, and outreach. He loves early morning quiet times, adventures with Hannah, motorcycles, wood working, coffee dates with friends, campfires, burritos, Chick-fil-A, and riddles.
Jedi grew up in San Jose, California. His passion for music sparked at 14 when he picked up the guitar for the first time as a sophomore in High School. He knew then God was going to use him to touch lives through music. Jedi joined Monterey Church in 2010 as Worship leader, and in 2013 he became the Worship Pastor. He met Kaitlyn setting up for church one weekend and got married 15 months later in September of 2014. Jedi loves surfing, writing music, disc golf, drinking energy drinks, eating out, and anything that’s pickled! Contrary to popular belief, he in fact does not own a lightsaber.
Hannah was born and raised in Northern Virginia, where she lived until moving to Monterey California in 2015. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree in Communication Studies. Hannah and her husband Mike began serving in ministry together in 2010. She is passionate about seeing people fall in love with Jesus and get connected to the power and hope found through the church. She helps with kids/student ministry, leading the First Impressions Team, hospitality, events, and all things administrative. Hannah loves going on adventures, donuts and coffee, mission trips, event planning, and being a mom to their little dog, Maddy.
Ro is a graduate of Bethany Bible College, and also spent 20 years serving in the military. He has decades of experience as a pastor, leader, and elder in the church, and is currently serving as a Chaplain at our community hospital, and leading our senior care and prison ministry. He and his wife Diane are among some of the founding members of Monterey Church. Ro loves to golf and hand out “high-fives”.
Lorena was born and raised in Monterey County. She is a preschool teacher’s assistant at Highland Elementary. She enjoys volunteering and hospitality. She loves worship nights and loves to see kids and students growing in their relationship with Christ. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, baking sugar cookies, and going on adventures.