Our church community is an extended family of all ages where the spirit of friendship, compassion, learning and mutual concern abounds. We are a welcoming community eager to share hospitality in the name of Christ. We are open to considering new ideas and challenging old ones. Our worship, fellowship and education events are adventures in the Spirit where we seek to grow in our spiritual bond with one another and to experience the joy of life in God's realm.
The Reverend Deb Mitchell, Pastor
Pamela Monroe began piano studies at the age of 5 at her church in Waterloo, Iowa - Westminster Presbyterian Church! Pamela received her Bachelor of Music in applied piano "with distinction" from Cornell College and her Masters of Music in applied piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the world-renowned Russian duo piano team of Vronsky & Babin.
Since coming to California, Pamela performs all over the southern California area in solo and chamber concerts. She is currently a member of the San Diego Chamber Music Society.
Pamela has been involved along with her husband, Jerry, in the Vanguard Players for 15 years. She has been musical director for a number of shows, and has starred in several productions. The Vanguard "family" has become very special to both Pam and Jerry.
Director of Music, Pam Monroe
Suzanne Carlson is a native Southern Californian, spending her early years in various San Diego neighborhoods such as El Cajon, Little Italy and near Azalea Hollywood Park just off Fairmont Avenue. Growing up, Suzanne was an active member of East San Diego Christian Church and following graduation from Hoover High School she attended Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, where she earned her Bachelor in Theology. She also earned a Masters in Taxation and Accounting from Portland State University. Suzanne claims both degrees have proved valuable in her service, personal life and in a long professional career in higher education where she developed and managed marketing, enrollment, scholarship and financial aid programs for colleges and universities. Suzanne, along with her husband Stephen, have lived all over the United States and enjoy serving Christ in their local church.
Administrative Assistant and Publicity-Marketing Director
She began serving here on September 1, 2016. Deb was an active member of this church, serving as a Christian Ed Elder, a Deacon, an alto in the choir, and was onstage or stage managing Vanguard productions. She left her career at AT&T as a National Marketing Director and received her MDiv degree 3 years later from Bethel Seminary. She served two internships, one as the office manager and ministry support at Westminster and the other as discipleship support at Point Loma Community Church (Redbrick). Upon graduation, she became the director at Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM). Overlapping her time at PUM, she was called to serve Southeast Presbyterian Church as its pastor where she became very active in community development, serving on the Mayor's San Diego One Team as a clergy liaison at Southeast Precinct. She is very active in the work of the Presbytery, serving on the Mission & Evangelism Committee and ad hoc committees focused on church revitalization.
Deb and her husband Mitch live about a mile away from the church, and You'll frequently find her in the park with her shepherd mutt, Katie.