History and Purpose
Mission Trails Church exists to lead people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus. We will do this by creating a community where doubters are welcomed, cynics are respected, and prodigals come home. Since our church began, we’ve had a little slogan that says NO PERFECT PEOPLE ALLOWED. Sure, it’s catchy, but it’s absolutely true.
By gathering on Sundays, encouraging each other and growing together during the weeks, and serving our neighborhoods in salty, strategic ways, we are excited about the unending possibilities of how God wants to change us and use us.
So we invite you to come as you are, and encounter the scandalous grace and love of Jesus, and let your life get spun upside-down in the best sort of way.
John Worcester and his wife Diane moved to Allied Gardens in 2008 to plant Mission Trails Church. Pathways Community Church in Santee served as the main sponsor church.
Soon after, Joey White and his wife Lisa joined the church planting team and planted Stonelake Church (which later merged with 7 San Diego) in Lakeside.
In January 2010, Kyle Walters became the pastor of Mission Trails Church. In October 2010, Mission Trails Church San Carlos was launched in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego.
In February 2013, Pastor Jeremy Aylett and his wife Natalia planted a sister church in Mission Valley (mv.missiontrailschurch.com).
On June 1, 2014, the Allied Gardens and San Carlos campuses joined forces, meeting each weekend in one location in San Carlos (Springall Academy) – we did this so we could keep a laser focus on our God-given mission to change lives, families, and communities with the love of Christ.
In June of 2015, Zion Ave. Community Church merged with Mission Trails Church. This lead to Mission Trails Church moving the San Carlos Services and all administrative offices to the Zion Ave. property.