Staff and Leaders

Staff and Leaders

Pastor at PB UMC

Rev. Lori Leopold

Rev. Lori Leopold is the Pastor at PB UMC and is thrilled to lead a community that lives its faith through love, inclusion and service each and every day.
Director of Education

Jesse Hodge

Jesse has been part of the UMC family since childhood and specifically at PBUMC for over ten years.  He has participated in various ministries during this time including choir, Sunday School teacher, nursery, children’s choir pianist and co-director, and Stephen Ministry. He still co-leads children’s choir, started Stephen Ministry at our church in 2020, assists with Children’s Ministry, and has now officially joined our team as Director of Education. Jesse is originally from Kentucky, is a veteran of the United…
Church Secretary

Susie Virgilio

After 25+ years at PB UMC, and 40+ in San Diego, Susie feels like a native San Diego United Methodist.  She has held many employment positions over the years.  Bank teller, house cleaner, professional theatrical stage manager, tour guide, suite concierge, event planner are just a few of the titles.  And yes, she has previously been an administrative assistant, senior sales support staff and senior secretary – all the same name for office administrator.  But no job title holds as…
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.
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.