Pastor and Staff

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The Rev. Dr. Walter Dilg, Senior Pastor

Arriving in July of 2009 from First UMC, Ventura, Pastor Walt is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology for his M. Div. and Claremont School of Theology for his D.Min.  His wife Debbie is a high school AP English teacher, and together they have two grown children.

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The Rev. Diane Davis, Children & Family Ministries Director

Diane is a native of San Diego and she attended University of Minnesota where she received a degree in Dental Hygiene. Diane often jokes that she heard too many confessions about not flossing that lead her to ministry! So, she attended The School of Theology at Claremont where she received a Masters in Religious Education. She is an Ordained Permanent Deacon in the United Methodist Church.  She has served at Hope UMC and Santee UMC in the San Diego Area.  

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Meghan Naaf, Youth Fellowship Director

Meghan and her husband Greg Halsey connected with LJUMC after Pastor Walt officiated their wedding in the fall of 2015. Meghan grew up in Northern California, a place she still holds close to her heart. Having been reared in the church, she values what a good Youth Fellowship program can mean to a maturing young person.  Meghan came down to San Diego in 2008 to attend the University of San Diego and has since called San Diego her home. She enjoys spending time at the beach and strolling through local farmers markets. Her Jack Russell Terrier named Mumford is never far from her side.

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Lee is a student adviser and graduate student at UCSD.  He has always enjoyed working with young people and looks forward to a career as a professor.  Lee has many fond memories and lasting friendships growing out of his own experience as a youth in the Methodist church, and is enthusiastic about the chance to work with the great youth at LJUMC.  His wife and son, Morgan and Gael, also attend LJUMC.

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Bob Wuertz, Music Ministries Director

A graduate of University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University, Bob's music career has focused on church music. A resident of San Diego since 1985, he has served as organist, choir director and music director at Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo and Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in University City. Bob has two grown sons, Jeremy and Jon, and two grandchildren, Peyton and Parker.

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Doreen McCarty, Children's Music Director

Doreen McCarty is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she earned both a Bachelors of Music Education and teaching credential in k-12 music.  She has been a performer since an early age and has worked in a variety of teaching capacities from developing a preschool/afterschool music enrichment program to private voice lessons.  Doreen was the choral director at Westview High School in the Poway Unified District before taking leave to stay home with her three young children.

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Dave Flores, Audio/Visual Tech

Dave Flores is a native San Diegan, having been born at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. After Poway High School, he attended Palomar College, majoring in Speech and Debate before joining San Diego-based Carvin Music Corporation in 1980. He served there as Recording Artist and Music Media Relations director until 2003, when he decided to relocate to Arizona. While there, he founded and served on various praise & worship music teams. He also produced weekly TV ministry programming in the Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona broadcast regions. At the beginning of 2015, he rejoined his mother, brother, daughter, nephew, niece and two grand daughters when he took up residence “for good” in the San Diego area.

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Ronel Wishnuff, Organist

Ronél received her B.M. from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She taught piano and freelanced as a soloist and accompanist for fifteen years, before relocating to San Diego with her American husband. In 2006, she completed a Masters degree in Piano Performance at San Diego State University. Ronél served as music director/organist for the Community Congregational Church in Pacific Beach for seven years, before joining the staff  at La Jolla Methodist Church as organist in 2009. She freelances as an accompanist and teaches piano at her home studio in La Costa, Carlsbad.

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Theresa Erb, Administrative Assistant

Theresa Erb was raised in San Diego and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University. Theresa began her formal working relationship with the United Methodist Church as an assistant working with Family Ministries at Foothills UMC. At Foothills, she progressed to positions of greater responsibility including having full responsibility for all programs in Family Ministries and finally to being the Director of the Foothills Faith Academy. Theresa is a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church. Her husband Jack is a music teacher. They have a grown daughter, Elise.

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Joyce Drozda, Church/Nursery School Accountant

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Bridget Musante, Director LJUMC Nursery School

Bridget was raised in the Midwest and moved to San Diego in 1992 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to becoming Executive Director of LJUMCNS, Bridget was also a teacher and an office assistant at the Nursery school since 2009. She is a parent of two LJUMCNS alumni, a former LJUMCNS Board member, and a two-time LJUMCNS Gala Chair. Bridget has close ties to the community and is actively involved in several local philanthropic and volunteer organizations including Las Patronas and the National Charity League. Bridget currently lives in La Jolla near LJUMCNS with her husband Anthony and their two children Hannah and Tate.

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