What to Expect

  • Monterey Church - California meets at 401 Alvarado Street in Monterey, CA
  • Free street parking is available downtown all day Sunday (Saturday after 5pm)
  • Sermon is often received via videocast by our Lead Teaching Pastor (Pastor Bryan) who lives in Virginia  
  • Kids' Church is available for all gatherings (We recommend arriving 15 minutes early for check-in)
  • From beginning to end, the gathering is typically 85-90 minutes
  • Worship Saturday evening is typically intimate/acoustic style
  • Worship Sunday morning is typically full band style


Your kids (4 months - 5th Grade) will have a great time

learning about Jesus through Bible lessons, games, and crafts.

Monterey Church offers Kids' Church during all gatherings.

Check-in begins fifteen minutes before each gathering. 


We strive to create a worship environment that is freeing

and powerful. You can expect an authentic and modern worship

culture that is filled with people who long to be with God. 

The Spirit of God is always felt at our gatherings and it is

nothing short of life-changing.

Alvarado Music Collective is our original worship ministry from

Monterey Church - California. Debut album "Live at 401" 

released in 2016. To listen to "AMC" music and learn more

about their music CLICK HERE.


"180" is a community of students pursuing

a thriving relationship with Christ

through worship, teaching,

and discipleship groups.

SUN 9am (Middle School)


Collide is a community of Young Adults who celebrate

life and freedom in Christ through engaging worship, 

teaching, and a ton of bonfires!

Monthly Meetings


Our discipleship groups ("dGroups") are where our friends

become family as we begin to do life together. In dGroups we

grow upward in our relationship with God, inward in our

relationships with each other, forward as we multiply members

and leaders, and outward as our groups become the hands and

feet of Christ to our community.

Click for a list of local dGroups


Serve Teams are a fun and engaging way to serve

your church and community. Jesus challenges us to

take the next step in our faith and serve God by serving

people. The king of God makes tremendous strides forward

when we each do our part. Join a team today and

watch God use you to bless others!


meet the california staff

  • Pastor Bryan James - Lead PASTOR

    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 Saccone - Executive Pastor

    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 Wiese - Assistant Pastor

    Mike grew up near Warrenton, Virginia.  He graduated with a degree in Communication Studies from James Madison University.  Mike has been involved in music, media, student, and young adult ministry for over 10 years.  He loves adventures with his wife, mountain biking and disc golf, coffee dates with friends, burritos and riddles.  He and Hannah have devoted themselves to actively pursuing Christ and influencing His church!  They have been married since May, 2010. They have a crazy little dog, Madison. 

  • hannah wiese - administrator

    Hannah was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Communication Studies. Hannah and her husband Mike are passionate about serving the church and sharing the hope and love found in being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Hannah loves adventures, coffee, going on mission trips, and event planning.

  • Jedi Horca - Worship Pastor

    Jedi grew up with a passion for music. At the age of 17, he felt a strong calling to use his gifts for God. He joined Monterey Church in August 2010 as Worship Leader, and in February 2013, he answered God's call to become the Worship Pastor for Monterey Church. Jedi has a heart to see everyone fall in love with Christ and follow Him at the expense of everything else. He graduated from Monterey Peninsula College with a degree in Psychology. Jedi and his wife Kaitlyn are enjoying their life in Monterey. He enjoys surfing, disc golf, and writing music.

  • rougeau mcwhorter - pastoral care

    Ro has immense experience as a pastor and leader in the church. He has served as a youth pastor, elder and associate pastor and in addition to serving now at Monterey Church is a chaplain at our community hospital. He is a graduate of Bethany Bible College and has also spent 20 years in the military. He is married to Diane and they are among the founding members of Monterey Church.

  • Madison Wiese - Security & Clean-up Crew

    Maddy plays a vital role in our every day office life. She is the first one to greet people as they arrive and always offers encouragement after a long day. Some of her favorite things include chasing tennis balls down the halls, re-discovering her tail, and collecting treats from the delivery men.