Jon is the Lead Pastor at the REFINERY.  He loves fellowship over a good meal, to learn and grow with each person who walks through the door to the church and lives into Mark 4:38 --- Jesus took naps and we should also. He and his wife Erica have 2 children. 


Ali Tonnesen, Associate Pastor

Ali is the associate pastor at the Refinery.  She has a B.S.in Cognitive Science from UCSD and is a Master's of Divinity student at Bethel Seminary.  When not studying, Ali loves to sit in the presence of Jesus, spend time with friends and family, read, hike, sing (though not particularly well!), and write poetry.  Her favorite verses include Philippians 1:6 and Isaiah 41:10. 


Melissa is the happy voice you hear on the phone. You can reach her from 9 am to 12 pm Tuesday through Friday at 619-422-0121. She oversees our office and our publishing needs, including our website and media arts ministry. She is married to Larry and together they have five children, Landen (24), Isaac (21), Emma (20), Madeleine (15) and Benjamin (11). 


Matthew Opdycke, Teaching Pastor

Matthew is one of the teaching pastors at the REFINERY. Matthew leads a class on Sunday mornings and is involved in church education and biblical study. He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Cal State San Marcos in 2008 and his M.Div from Southern California Seminary in 2014. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride Violet and writing fiction and non-fiction. One of his favorite verses is Roman's 12:18.

Bryan is the Youth pastor at the REFINERY working with grades 6-12. Bryan leads Youth group on Wednesday and Sunday morning. Bryan received his Associates Degree in History from Cuyamaca Community College and his Bachelors and Teaching Credential from San Diego State. In his free time, Bryan watches or plays sports, spends time with his wife Victoria , and finds new places to explore or eat.


James has been a part of our worship team for years.  A solid guitarist/vocalist, he is eager to lead the church in worship. He is married to the beautiful Bri and they recently celebrated the birth of their first child - a son - Everett James.

Aymie Souza, Children's Director 

Aymie is the coordinator for our REFINERY Kids! grade school program as well as our nursery and preschool programs. She is currently enrolled at Southwestern College and is working toward getting her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Elementary Education. As a sister to 7 siblings and aunt to 7 nieces and nephews Aymie has lots of experience caring for kids of all ages. 

Levi oversees our church finance team. He has a BS in accounting from University of Redlands . He is getting set to work on his graduate degree in economics. He is husband to Samantha and daddy to two sweet little girls, Lilah and Addalyn.

Glee Blasingame, Volunteer - Pastoral Care

Glee is a former educator, administrator and elder.  She loves people and has a passion for meeting  their felt needs.

Brenda Smith, Landscaper and Gardener

The beautiful landscape you see around our site is all thanks Brenda's hard work and love for beauty and nature.

Glen Frehafer,  Facilities

Glen has graciously stepped in the role of Facilities and Maintenance.  With parts of our building nearing the 100 year mark, we are so thankful for the skill and expertise he brings!

Anika Garcia,  Associate PCC 

Anika has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of concentration include depression, anxiety, anger management, relational conflict, and self-esteem. Call 619-618-9032 for an appointment. Supervised by Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., MFT #MFC 50129.



Sunday Morning Service: 10:30AM



494 E Street

Chula Vista, CA 91910


Phone: 619-422-0121

Fax: 619-422-7602

Email: office@refinery.church