Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Lead Pastor

Rev. Bob Rhodes

Pastor Bob arrived at PB UMC in July 2014, and is most recently from Grand Island, Nebraska. Bob grew up in Southern California, married Beth in 2000, and they have two gregarious boys!
Sojourning Pastor

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter

Pastor Christopher joins PB UMC in an unusual capacity. While serving his full-time appointment as Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of San Diego, he chooses Pacific Beach UMC as his Charge Conference and offers regular leadership in worship, preaching, teaching, community engagement, pastoral care, and other ministry areas.
Music Director

Ron Jessee

Ron has served as Music Director here at PB UMC since 1985. On any given Sunday, you may see him playing organ and piano, directing the choir in uplifting anthems, or sharing his clear countertenor voice in a solo or duet.
Youth Ministries Coordinator

Erich Schmitt

Erich joined our team in November of 2019, having dedicated ten years towards children and youth ministries in a variety of contexts.
Sunday School Coordinator

Malea Sandstrom

Malea Sandstrom, our Sunday School Coordinator, definitely has roots in Pacific Beach. She still lives in the same house that she grew up in, and she attended the same schools that both of her sons later did–from Pacific Beach Elementary through Mission Bay High.
Executive Chef – SD Project Grace

Ben Martinez

Ben’s a Pacific Beach local to the nth degree and has over 30 years’ experience taking charge of restaurants. Ben currently serves our Project Grace guests with well prepared meals filled with both taste and nutrition.