Our Staff

Rev. Molly Vetter

Rev. Molly Vetter

Senior Pastor

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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.

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter

Pastor of The Loft

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Dr. Carter’s passion for his ministry evolves out of his family’s struggle to loosen the chains of systematic racism – similar to bell hooks he believes that education is the practice of freedom. At its broadest level, he believes that learning should be transformational: it should transform how the student views herself, her neighbor, and her worldview.
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His research, teaching, and activist interests are in Black, Womanist, and Environmental ethics, with a particular focus on race, food, and nonhuman animals. He is also the co-creator of Racial Resilience, an anti-racism and anti-bias program that utilizes the combined insights of contemplative practices and critical race theories.
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Dr. Carter is currently an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also on the board of directors of Farm Forward, an anti-factory farming non-profit. He is a commissioned Elder within the United Methodist Church.
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He earned his PhD in Religion with an Ethics & Society concentration from Claremont School of Theology. His dissertation, Eating Oppression: Food, Faith, and Liberation was the foundation for a new book, The Spirit of Soul Food.

Andrew Schultz

Director of Sanctuary Music Ministry

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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.

Rev. Dr. Diana Holbert

Children and Family Minister

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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.

Sabrina Simmons

Sabrina Simmons

Administrative Assistant, Programs

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Pablo Jauregui

Church Sexton

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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