Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Office Administrator
Ivey Merrill

Ivey Merrill

Ivey is the office administrator and “one stop shop” for anything related to the business side of the church. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently working toward her M.B.A. During college, Ivey was the guest blog editor for Classy Career Girl, a website and community for women’s career advancement. What she truly loved as a writer was providing women with content that is relevant, entertaining, relatable, and valuable (essential, even). At…
Pastor at PB UMC
Rev. Lori Leopold

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.
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 Grimm-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.