Mission Trails Church Staff

Kyle Walters

Pastor // Office Phone: 619-582-2033

Kyle has been in ministry for fourteen years.  Prior to leading Mission Trails Church, he served with a mission mobilization organization focused on equipping college students for ministry around the world. He and his wife, Carly, were married in July 2006, have four kids, and enjoy living in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego.  His passions are in the areas of personal discipleship, missions, small group ministry, teaching and family ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Baylor University and is currently working to complete his Masters of Divinity degree. Kyle enjoys hiking, camping, reading, good coffee, traveling, a good movie, dates with his wife, exploring San Diego County with the kids… and did we mention coffee?

Carly is a stay-at-home mom who also enjoys serving alongside her husband in ministry, especially in areas of hospitality, and discipleship. When the kids give her some time to herself, she likes cooking, reading, going on walks and time with friends over a good cup of coffee. But her favorite thing is date night with Kyle!

Dominic Parry

Associate Pastor & Worship Director // Email: dominicdparry (at) gmail.com // Phone: 760-383-1008

Dominic joined the Mission Trails Church family in Fall 2017 as Associate Pastor & Worship Director, leaving a career in finance to follow God’s calling and promote the Gospel. With 16 years of ministry background, Dominic brings an energetic, driven and strategic personality to his pastoral leadership. He helps oversee and serve our Volunteer Ministry Teams, Growth Groups and church Worship Experience. He is passionate about helping people connect with God personally, grow spiritually and discover their God designed purpose in life. If you would like to connect with Dominic or schedule a meeting, CLICK HERE.

Jessica Worcester

Kids Ministry Director // Email: jessicamworcester (at) gmail.com

Jessica and her husband David live in La Mesa, and have been a part of Mission Trails Church since day one.  Beyond her love for the kids and families of Mission Trails, Jessica serves on the staff of the Challenge College ministry at San Diego State University.  She is a native San Diegan, and a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University.  Jessica and David just celebrated the birth of their first child, a son named Samuel


Matt Wright

Youth Director // Email: matt.wright.neat (at) gmail.com

Matt and his wife Lucy live in the College Area.  Besides spending time with the youth, and obsessively following the University of Oklahoma athletics programs, Matt works with the Challenge College ministry in San Diego.  Matt and Lucy just celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter named Nora.

Donna Grandi

Administrative Assistant // Email: donnagrandi.mtc (at) gmail.com // Office Phone: 619-582-2033

Donna and her husband live in El Cajon have two grown sons and two beautiful dauthers-in-law. Besides her work in keeping us organized, Donna is a certified Doula, a childbirth educator, and a TCK (Third Culture Kid) specialist serving kids whose parents minister in other countries.


Grant Yarger

Communications and Media Director // Email: grantyarger (at) gmail.com

Grant is originally from Morgan Hill, CA, and has been leading worship for more than 15 years.  Grant has served on church staff in Northern California, Washington State, and San Diego County.  Apart from his love for music, his passion is to see people center their minds and hearts around the One Thing that matters. Grant loves all things sports, we even hear that he’s one of those long-suffering Chicago sports fans.  Grant married his beautiful wife Karista in 2013. Grant & Karista recently relocated to Gig Harbor, WA to lead worship at Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor. Grant telecommutes to direct our communications and media at MTC.

Scott Grandi

Local Ministry Director // Email: scottgrandi (at) gmail.com

Scott enjoys helping the people of Mission Trails Church serve their community in practical, loving ways.  After living in Taiwan for 25 years, Scott is now the Asia Director for a small international service organization that sends medical, agricultural, educational, and business people internationally to restore hope by meeting needs, transforming lives.  He enjoys sports and spends a part of each day reading books.  Donna and Scott have been married approximately twice as long as the total years of marriage of the rest of the staff!


Mission Valley Church Staff

Mission Valley Church is a sister church that meets Sundays at 9:30 am at UltraStar Theater, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 100.  Learn more at http://MissionValley.Church

Meet Pastor Gino Lizarraga

Gino, his wife Raina, and their daughter Mina love the ocean, hanging out with their dog, just being awesome.  Gino has served in the ministry for decades in Wyoming, Arizona, and San Diego.  We are blessed to have them, and we know that you’ll enjoy getting to know them.


Look for more staff bios to come soon!  We have an amazing team, and we can’t wait to introduce them to you!

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