Higher Ground

Higher Ground is an outreach ministry at Foothills Christian Church where we bring Bible clubs to public Jr High and High School campuses.

We currently have thirteen after-school Bible clubs on Jr. High (grades 6-8) campuses throughout East County in the Cajon Valley, Lakeside, La Mesa, and Santee School Districts.
Seven additional clubs meet during lunch on High School (grades 9-12) campuses throughout the Grossmont Union High School District.

These clubs meet each week to explore the Bible, help the participants develop character, and have fun. We offer games, fellowship, snacks, worship, prayer, and Bible studies.
Club facilitators are well-trained, dedicated Christians. At these clubs, the students are able to have one-on-one interaction with adults who can answer their questions according to godly principles.


David Matranga
Higher Ground Director
(619) 820-2825
[email protected]
Monique Quijada
Higher Ground Administrative Assistant
[email protected]


Los Coches Creek Middle School
Jordan Look (209)-981-7142
Friday 3:30-5:pm
Emerald Middle School
Josh Simmons (619)-633-0040
Thursday 3:30-5:00pm
Music Room
Greenfield Middle School
Dylan Morris (619) 971-9535
Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm
Room 601
Literacy First Middle School
Heather Dahlman (619)-857-7585
Thursday 3:25-4:55pm
Lunch Area
Montgomery Middle School
Isaiah Lepper (619) 366-1880
Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm
Bikson Theater

La Mesa School District

Parkway Middle School
Chris Alley (619)-254-6799
Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm
Room 1

Lakeside School District

Lakeside Middle School
Becky Lang (619)-504-6965
Tuesday 2:40-4:30pm
Room 2
Tierra Del Sol Middle School
Thomas Fitzgerald (619)-493-9003
Wednesday 11:55-1:25pm
Room P1

Santee School District

Cajon Park Middle School
David Matranga (619)-820-2825
Thursday 2:15-3:45pm
Room Library
Carlton Hills Middle School
David Matranga (619) 820-2825
Friday 2:15-3:45pm
Room 14
Pepper Drive School
RC Cech (619) 871-1122
Wednesday 2:35-4:00pm
Room 201
Carlton Hills
Chris Bruner (619)-865-4464
Friday 2:35-4:00pm
Room 207
Carlton Oaks
Chris Bruner (619)-865-4464
Friday 2:45-4:00pm
Room 19


All clubs meet during lunch in specified classrooms and are student led for more info contact the adult helper listed below.

Danny Eslinger
High School Higher Ground Director
(619) 922-8007
[email protected]

Grossmont union High School District

El Cajon Valley
Danny Eslinger (619) 992-8007
Rm. 409
El Capitan
Shane Blafield (619) 252-0026
Career Center
Granite Hills
Jon Ulloa (619) 414-9293
Rm. 42
Jacob Hays (619) 322-7451
Rm. 314

David Matranga (619) 820-2825
Rm. 312

Other Christian Clubs we Support

Liberty Charter
Shane Blafield (619) 252-0026
Every other Thurs.
Mr. Stevers Rm.
West Hills
Teresa Rios (619) 733-4391