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
Shianna Dewey
Higher Ground Administrative Assistant
(619) 442-1467


Cajon Valley School District

Los Coches Creek Middle School
Wesley Beartsch (619) 997-7209
Friday 3:30-5:pm
Emerald Middle School
Curtis Anderson (619) 888-8407
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
Isaiah Lepper (619) 366-1880
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

La Mesa Middle School
Wesley Beartsch (619) 997-7209
Thursday 3:40-4:55pm
Room 9
Parkway Middle School
Samie Scott (619) 992-9166
Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm
Room 1


Lakeside School District

Lakeside Middle School
Josh Simmons (619) 201-4302
Tuesday 2:40-4:30pm
Room 2
Tierra Del Sol Middle School
Josh Simmons (619) 201-4302
Wednesday 11:55-1:25pm
Room P1


Santee School District

Cajon Park Middle School
Chris Alley (619) 379-8688
Thursday 2:15-3:45pm
Room 45
Carlton Hills Middle School
David Matranga (619) 820-2825
Friday 2:15-3:45pm
Room 14
Chet F. Harrit Middle School
Chris Alley (619) 379-8688
Monday 2:45-4:15pm
Room 15
Pepper Drive School
RC Cech (619) 871-1122
Friday 2:35-4:00pm
Room H

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

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