Our Staff

Rev. Molly Vetter

Rev. Molly Vetter

Senior Pastor

molly@westwoodumc.org

Rev. Molly Vetter is passionate about many things: building community with unlikely and diverse people, making the church more boldly welcoming, and caring for the earth. She was appointed Senior Pastor of Westwood United Methodist Church in 2019. She’s excited to serve a congregation with such a rich legacy of thoughtful engagement on social issues and such an incredible worship space in which to connect to the grace and mystery of our God.
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In her personal and professional life, she loves planning events and trips, and enjoys experiencing them, too. She loves designing and making things, especially out of fabric or food or the internet.
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Before coming to Westwood, she served for several years as lead pastor of Redondo Beach First United Methodist Church, and for 11 years as an Associate Pastor at San Diego First United Methodist Church. Molly received her Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2001. Commissioned as an Elder in 2001, she was ordained in full connection in 2004.
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Outside of the local church, she’s enjoyed working with District Junior High Camps and Strength for the Journey, a retreat for adults living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. For many years, she led a weekly Bible study at the San Diego Rescue Mission Women and Children Center, and she has also guided Bible studies and taught classes for the California-Pacific Annual Conference and San Diego State University. She currently volunteers as the Communications Coordinator for the Grain Place Foundation, a non-profit that will inherit and continue her family’s organic farm in central Nebraska.
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She’s really good at church meetings. Her work in the United Methodist Church has included serving as Chair of the Order of Elders for our Annual Conference, and as member of its delegations to General Conference in 2008, 2012 and 2016. As a Board member of the General Board of Church and Society, she supported work for Economic and Environmental Justice. She been a part of Faith and Order work of the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
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As an undergraduate, Molly studied Art History at Boston University, and spent a semester abroad in Niger, in West Africa. Molly is a graduate of North Platte High School in western Nebraska. Molly lives with her husband, Matthew Parker, and their son Jonah.

Andrew Schultz

Director of Sanctuary Music Ministry

andrew@westwoodumc.org

Andrew is an Ohio native who relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a DMA in Choral Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. Prior to his move to Southern California, Andrew spent seven years as Director of Music Programs for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Much of his time there was spent revitalizing the music program including the development of student and community choirs, bands, and orchestras while teaching courses in music theory, voice, and conducting. While in Defiance, Andrew also served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Performance Series Director for the Defiance Community Cultural Council, and was an active OMEA adjudicator and area clinician.
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Andrew holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio Northern University earning a bachelor of music and a bachelor of science in business administration. He also holds advanced degrees from Bowling Green State University: a master of music and a master of business administration.

Yoojung Chung

Organist

yoojung@westwoodumc.org

Yoojung Chung, a native of South Korea, began her music education at age of four with piano lessons. Then she started accompanying church choirs at the age of thirteen and taking organ lessons from Dr. Dong-Lim Min, a distinguished concert organist throughout South Korea and Germany.
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She earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Yonsei University under Professor Myung-Ja Cho, and Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Northwestern University under Professor Douglas Cleveland, as well as the Kenneth G. and Helen C. Merrill Scholarship. Then, she continued to pursue her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Indiana University under Marilyn Keiser; however, after completing her first year, she moved to Southern California in 2007 due to her husband’s job relocation.
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Yoojung resides in Orange County area, and she is active piano accompanist and private piano instructor. Prior to Westwood UMC organist position, she served as organist at Anaheim UMC for 11 years and a few other churches in New York, Illinois, and Indiana. Also, she has worked as piano accompanist and adjunct faculty member at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Concordia University in Irvine. She is an active member of American Guild of Organist of Orange County and Music Teachers’ Association of California Orange County Branch where she served as Board member.

Rev. Darin Arntson

Associate Pastor

darin@westwoodumc.org

Bio coming soon.

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Rev. Dr. Diana Holbert

Interim Children and Family Minister

diana@westwoodumc.org

Diana and John Holbert visited Westwood UMC as soon as they moved to Culver City from Dallas, Texas in 2017. Immediately upon their arrival, Diana signed up to teach Vacation Bible School in order to get to know the children of our church. She has taught Bible stories in VBS for the three years that they have been among us. Often you will see Diana and John arrive at Westwood with their granddaughters leading the race into the church, a place both of the little girls love. Saoirse (pronounced Seer-sha) is 7 and Moxie is 4½.
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Pastor Diana was raised in Kansas, and received a music degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Master in Music from SMU. Beginning in 1984, Diana developed a liturgical dance ministry at First UMC, Dallas. She has led worship through dance in Greece, England, Australia, and Brazil, and across the United States, from Alaska to Florida and California to New York.

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While she was getting her master’s in music, Diana taught music and dance in a private elementary school. Later she became a children’s choir director for fourteen years, and then she began seminary. One of her preaching professors was her husband, John. You will have to ask her what it’s like to be graded by one’s spouse. (Or ask John what it’s like to be harassed by a student who is your wife!)
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In June 2011 Diana retired as the Senior Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, a Reconciling Congregation in Dallas. Over her career as a clergywoman, Diana served as lead minister in suburban and inner city parishes. Three of her most interesting posts were 1) as Associate Pastor for Hamilton Park UMC, a predominantly African-American congregation, 2) as an American clergywoman dancer for a year near Manchester, England, and 3) in 2005 she completed her Doctor of Ministry degree, writing about her experience as a General Board of Global Ministries missionary and founding pastor of ArtSpirit, a United Methodist ministry in the arts community of Dallas. Diana and John live in their “Garage Mahal” behind their son Darius’ house, and are only twenty minutes or so from their daughter Sarah and her husband Kyle in The Village Green.

Ryan Dobson

Youth Director

ryan@westwoodumc.org

Ryan Daniel Dobson grew up in a small town in southern Colorado called Monte Vista. He then attended Southern Nazarene University, to receive a degree in Theology and serve as an intern youth pastor in a local church. After college he worked as the assistant chaplain at Casady Episcopal K-12 School, while simultaneously discovering a love for performance and acting through Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Subsequently, he and his wife, Sarah, moved to Los Angeles to pursue the entertainment industry. Ryan is now an award-winning writer and director who has recently finished his first feature film, HOSEA. Ryan, Sarah, and their two children have been members of WUMC since 2014.

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Sabrina Simmons

Administrative Assistant, Programs

sabrina@westwoodumc.org

Pablo Jauregui

Church Sexton

pablo@westwoodumc.org

Westwood Church is part of the larger witness of the United Methodist Church. We are a part of the California Pacific Annual Conference which is actively living into the vision of “Inspiring the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.”

Resident Bishop: Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
District Superintendent: The Reverend Dr. Mark Nakagawa