Loft Leadership

Rev. Molly Vetter

Molly Vetter
Senior Pastor
molly@westwoodumc.org

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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.

Westley Garcia
Director of Loft Connections
westley@theloftla.org

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Westley is an extreme extrovert who takes pride in being able to connect with people from all walks of life, and yes, that includes introverts. Westley’s preferred gender pronouns are he / his / him and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities in the cisgender gay tradition and of Mexican and Salvadoran descent, respectively. A Southern California native hailing from San Diego, he spent six years in northwest Iowa before calling Los Angeles home. Westley’s journey of faith began in a fundamentalist Christian tradition and has since moved through a few Christian expressions finally finding a safe place in the intellectual and progressive Cal-Pac United Methodist tradition as a member of The Loft at Westwood Church. As the Director of Loft Connections, Westley works to create pathways for Loft attendees to better connect with the community gathered on Sundays. Let him know how he can help you fold into Loft community, Sunday participation, and Loft leadership.

Josh Lopez-Reyes
Community Life Specialist
josh@theloftla.org

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Josh is not the most interesting man in the world, but he aspires to stay thirsty for justice and mercy in our world. He is gratefully married to his life partner, Grecia who is an incredible community organizer. As a Chicano, Josh often refers to himself as an ‘organic Hispanic’. Though he was born and raised in central California, he has lived in the greater Los Angeles area for more than a decade. A transformative time for Josh was the two years that he spent in his twenties living and working in a favela community in Brazil. His mother encouraged him to stay in school, and to not be a fool, so he went to Azusa Pacific University and Seminary where he messed around and got a triple double in theology, transformational urban leadership and divinity. As the Community Life Specialist at The Loft, Josh is responsible for ensuring that our people are connecting with one another by building community through strong, healthy, and expanding friendships. One of the main ways that this happens is through our Loft Groups that meet throughout the week. Let him know how he can help you get connected with The Loft community!