The Engage Team

Bryon Scott

Lead Pastor

Pastor Bryon grew up in San Diego county in a non-Christian household. He met the love of his life, JoAnn, in his senior year of high school, and they married in 1984. Around the age of 30, he had a life-changing encounter with Christ, which eventually led to him pursuing vocational ministry.

Pastor Bryon has been in ministry since 1998; serving in a full-time capacity since 2005. His first full-time position was at Living Hope (formerly Lakeside Wesleyan Church), where he served as lead pastor for almost ten years. In 2015, Pastor Bryon facilitated a merge with Seven Church, where he became a staff-pastor. In October 2016, Pastor Bryon left Seven to plant Engage Community Church.

Pastor Bryon loves all things geek, his wonderful wife, and his two daughters (and their families), Marika and Amanda. Bryon's passion is to help people hear what God says so they can do what God wants.

Rick Thompson

Executive Pastor

Rick and his family were missionaries overseas for 10 years and is now an asset to our Engage team. He has the heart of a servant. He is a licensed pastor with Engage and is currently working on ordination. He deepest passions are serving God, showing the world how much Jesus loves them and caring for his wife and children. He works hard taking care of most the behind the scenes administration and details for our Engage family.

Mike Canaris

Outreach Pastor

Mike's life is a testimony of God's love and power to overcome any barrier to His love. After years of living a life completely opposed to God, Mike walked up to a group of men at a cafe Bible-study and said, "I need to do that." Since then, he's faithfully followed Christ and is now a licensed minister at Engage and is currently working on ordination. Mike's passion is to share Christ with those who are the hardest to reach. He has a beautiful family with his wife, Teresa and three children.

Alex Shejola


Alex grew up as a pastor's kid and that is how he developed his love for worship. He is passionate about leading people into authentic, Spirit-led worship. He and his wife, Liz, have three children.

Jonell Thompson

Spiritual Formation

Jonell loves to listen to people's stories while allowing the Holy Spirit guide the conversation. She has a true heart to see people set free. Her passions are loving God, and loving people. She also has a desire to show people that having a conversation with God in a very real way through prayer is for everyone.

Andrew Alegria

Engage Kids

Andrew serves alongside his wife, Molly, as co-leader of Engage Kids Ministry. He is also a ministerial student pursuing ordination with Engage. He crafts the lessons and writes many of the songs that the kids sing in children's worship. He loves serving in the children's ministry because it enriches his life to bring his full effort to teach the word of God to our youth. He and Molly are also the parents to two wonderful children.

Molly Alegria

Engage Kids

Molly has a passion for teaching children and making church be a fun safe environment for them. She grew up in a big family that welcomed everyone from all walks of life and continues that though the Engage Kids ministry. Together with her husband, Andrew, she tries to align what the kids lessons with what the parents learn in the service so the whole family can grow together in Christ. She and Andrew are also the parents to two wonderful children of their own.

Josh Wesolowski


Josh heads up the tech team at Engage. He works hard with his team, to assure that the presentation of God's word is enjoyable and useful.