MEET THE STAFF
Bryan JamesLead Pastor
Moe LawlorExecutive Pastor
Jeff DarlingWorship Director
Tracia PaesGOKids Director
Luke BaumstarkYouth & Ministry Director
Jason WieseYoung Adult Ministries
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.
Moe was born in Newburyport, MA and grew up in Dunnellon, FL. After high school, Moe spent 21 years serving in the United States Air Force with travels to over 20 countries. While serving, he completed his BS in Computer Information Systems and Master’s in Business Administration. Moe and his family were one of the founding families at our Monterey Virginia location. In fact, Kids Church was held in his basement. Moe felt called to serve in larger capacity at Monterey Church. His focus is on the business operations, discipleship and leadership development. Moe and his wife Wendi (also AF veteran) are the parents of three boys; Payton, Avery, and Calen. In his spare time, Moe enjoys sports, working out, cooking, and spending time with the family.
Jeff has lived in the NOVA area his whole life. The fifth of eight kids, chances are you will run into a brother, sister or parent who are on staff, elders or volunteering at Monterey on any given Sunday. He attended James Madison University and double majored in Journalism and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication and is currently not doing anything related to his degree, but loves his job and loves leading worship at church. He and his wife Miki are expecting their first child in June of 2018. In his spare time he enjoys sleeping, since once their child is born he will never be able to sleep soundly again.
Tracia has lived most of her life in Northern Virginia and currently has a home in Manassas. She heard about Monterey Church and was present at our first Sunday meeting in Virginia. She immediately fell in love with the church and has been attending ever since; started serving in our Kids Church as a teacher shortly thereafter, and eventually moved into the role of Director of Kids Church. She loves to travel, have coffee with friends and do volunteer work with Compassion International and Operation Christmas Child.
Luke was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He attended the very first meeting that Monterey Church held in Virginia and fell in love with the church model from day one. He first began attending the youth program (180) at a young age and shortly after made the decision to become a committed member. He is currently pursuing a Business Administration degree. Luke has a passion for seeing the hope and purpose, offered in Jesus Christ, radically change lives. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, following the Washington Nationals, and spending time with his friends and family.
Jason was born and raised in the Warrenton area. He has a Business Degree from Liberty University. His desire for world missions has taken him to over 10 countries across Africa. Jason was led to Monterey Church in 2013. He met his fiancé Brittney (who is way out his league) here at church in 2015 and is getting married this June! Jason has been serving the church through music, media, student ministry and young adult ministry. He joined our staff in March, 2017. In his free time he loves adventure, the outdoors, music, and playing any sport other than soccer.