Rev. Megan Cochran comes from the land of hotdish and snow piles much taller than her commonly known as Minnesota. After graduating from Macalester College with a joint degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, she spent a year in Cameroon, Africa doing counseling with people living with HIV/AIDS. When she returned from Cameroon, she loaded up her car and drove to Chicago to begin the Master of Divinity program at McCormick Theological Seminary.
After graduating from seminary, Megan began working at Lake View Presbyterian Church in Chicago. While there Megan led the Christian Nurture areas of the church: Sunday School and Bible studies for all ages, youth groups, young adult groups, and managed a daily senior citizen lunch program. She also taught art to preschoolers, co-founded Creation Lab (an art studio where art and faith intersect), led worship weekly and participated in whatever other exciting stuff came up during the week. Social justice, creativity, finding God in the midst of this wild world, and building community are a few of her deepest passions.
When Megan isn’t dreaming up artistic new ways to be the church she is spending time with her curious daughter, Clarus and her wise husband, Alex (who also happens to be a pastor). Some of their family hobbies are reading books, having dance parties and exploring the world together. Once Clarus is asleep, you can usually find Megan knitting scarves, sewing stuff, or watching movies. Megan and her family are beyond thrilled to begin this journey with Westminster Presbyterian Church and can’t wait to see the amazing things that God will do in this place!
Director of Music
Pamela Monroe began piano studies at the age of 5 at her church in Waterloo, Iowa – Westminster Presbyterian Church! Pamela received her Bachelor of Music in applied piano “with distinction” from Cornell College and her Masters of Music in applied piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the world-renowned Russian duo piano team of Vronsky & Babin.
Since coming to California, Pamela performs all over the southern California area in solo and chamber concerts. She is currently a member of the San Diego Chamber Music Society.
Pamela has been involved along with her husband, Jerry, in the Vanguard Players for 15 years. She has been musical director for a number of shows, and has starred in several productions. The Vanguard “family” has become very special to both Pam and Jerry.
Administrative Assistant and Publicity-Marketing Director
Suzanne Carlson is a native Southern Californian, spending her early years in various San Diego neighborhoods such as El Cajon, Little Italy and near Azalea Hollywood Park just off Fairmont Avenue. Growing up, Suzanne was an active member of East San Diego Christian Church and following graduation from Hoover High School she attended Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, where she earned her Bachelor in Theology. She also earned a Masters in Taxation and Accounting from Portland State University. Suzanne claims both degrees have proved valuable in her service, personal life and in a long professional career in higher education where she developed and managed marketing, enrollment, scholarship and financial aid programs for colleges and universities. Suzanne, along with her husband Stephen, have lived all over the United States and enjoy serving Christ in their local church.