Our Staff

Rev. Molly Vetter

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.

Chris Spearman

Minister of Adult Programs & The Loft

chris@westwoodumc.org

Rev. Chris Spearman is the Founding Pastor of The Loft, an emergent Christian Community providing transformative relationships for its participants and good for the world we inhabit together. The Loft’s mission is to pioneer new forms of Christian practice that hold true to our grace-filled history and embrace the changes technology and science have delivered to our modern world. The Loft is a conversational community in that dialogue and diverse encounter act as catalysts for personal discovery.
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As the Associate Pastor of Westwood Church, Chris leads in efforts to fulfill our organizations mission to do justice, seek kindness, and walk in humility with God. Whether leading advocacy teams to Washington DC for the poor and the immigrant, to organizing food relief efforts in the neighborhood, or mobilizing to help our friends who sleep outside find shelter, Chris is passionate about fueling ministries that humanize and empower us to know one another.
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The results: 1) successful turnaround strategies assisting aging urban churches in becoming a multi-ethnic, dynamic, expanding community 2) spiritual innovation charting Christian religious practice congruent with the modern Scientific mind 3) stimulate greater creativity and imagination around art, film, and music to birth beauty in our world.
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Chris is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business specializing in market research while working of the University’s Small Business Development Center. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and an Elder in Full-Connection of the California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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Chris and his wife, Paige Allocco, are the proud and tired parents of Asher, Caleb, and Eden…and another “bun in the oven”.

Kathy Cannon

Family Life and Administration Pastor

kathy@westwoodumc.org

Kathy is a native of Burbank and spent most of her adult life navigating both the southern California freeways and the United Airlines skyways. Kathy often tells people she is a “recovering banker” having spent over 30 years working in various banking roles (thus the millions of airline miles) before responding to the gentle (and, frankly, not so gentle) nudging from God to go to seminary. Since Kathy graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary she has ministered to families, children and youth. At Westwood Church, she is also responsible for the administration of the church. Kathy is excited to have an opportunity to combine two of her spiritual gifts into one job: teaching and administration!”

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

Oranist

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.

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