ABOUT THE STUDIO
Bringing together creativity and execution to deliver media that will make an eternal impact.
Based in the city of Orange just a couple miles from the Angels (the baseball team) and the Christ Cathedral (former home to flying angels) - Santiago Studios is a resource for creating media that will inspire people to have a deeper relationship with Christ. Whether its a tv show, streamed video, radio or podcast, we can help you create and edit your media. But it doesn't stop there, we also are available to help you marketing your project and find a new audience for your content.
Fr. Glenn Baaten
Our Lady of Grace
Santago Retreat Center
Fr. Glenn Baaten is the administrator of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Covina. Fr. Glenn, a former Anglican priest, and his wife Cathy were received into the Catholic Church on December 24, 2013. At that time, they became members of Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, and he eventually began his journey towards becoming a priest in the Catholic Church.
Fr. Glenn was ordained to the Diaconate on May 31, 2016, at the Cathedral for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in Houston, Texas, by Bishop Steven J. Lopes. Deacon Glenn was then ordained to the Priesthood on June 24, 2016, in San Diego, California, by Bishop Robert McElroy. After which he was assigned as Chaplain of the Santiago Retreat Center by Bishop Kevin Vann.
Cole Webb Harter
Cole is a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University with a degree in Film Production. He is Producer and Manager for Santiago Studios and the Sacristan/Cantor for the Santiago Retreat Center.
He is also a filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician. He and his wife attend Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim.
Creative professional with expertise in all aspects of successful development, marketing, advertising, public relations, event planning, and management. Excels in managing multiple projects concurrently with strong detail, problem solving, and follow-through capabilities. Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate cohesive teams that achieve results. Sources vendors, negotiates contracts and manages budgets.
I help fulfill 1854's mission by forming philanthropic relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations. Particular interest in helping donors appreciate the difference they are making through their philanthropic partnership.
Relevant Radio, EWTN,
Jim is a longtime radio veteran in his native southern California, having grown up in nearby La Habra. He’s worked for close to three decades as an on-air host, music director, program manager, voiceover and audio production specialist. Some of the stations include KKLA, KFSH, KOLA and KYMS.
His primary role today is ‘Radio Program Manager” on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. There, he produces a multitude of programs geared for Catholic radio on platforms such as Relevant Radio, EWTN, and Sirius XM.
Pearpod, Unified Parish
Pearson cut his teeth in the music industry creating album campaigns for David Bowie, Aphex Twin, Gil Scott-Heron and bunch of artist you’ve never hear of. In NYC, he was the co-founder of Blender Magazine & the Dennis Interactive Agency, developing creative for clients including: Nike, Mercedes, Disney, Levis, Coke and Apple.
Pearson moved to California and founded Online Giving, a technology platform for nonprofits. Online Giving was successfully acquired by Starwire, a Sequoia Capital & Kleiner Perkins company. In 2001 Pearson started Pearpod, a creative media company offering a wide range of services, including the design for The Passion of the Christ film and UnifiedParish. He was included in “New York Magazine’s 60 Digital Visionaries” and was named to the “Samsung Braintrust.”
Fr. Darrin Merlino, CMF
Catholic Media Missionaries
Fr. Darrin Merlino, CMF, is a Claretian Missionary priest living in L.A. His ordination in the year 2000 was the first ever in U.S. history to be broadcast live via the internet. He’s been an award-winning high-school teacher (Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro, CA), associate pastor, and youth minister, and, for five years, the highly successful pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, Arizona. Among his many accomplishments at Sacred Heart was spearheading the recent $3.2 million renovation and redesign of the 50-year-old church building, which reopened on schedule in Nov. 2018. Now Fr. Merlino is following his original calling to the priesthood, evangelizing through the media, as co-founder of Catholic Media Missionaries and host of CMM’s flagship video conversation series, “Hound of Heaven.”
I have a passion for digital media, networking and building relationships. I am a proud veteran and currently serving with the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA.
Since my middle school years I’ve enjoyed photography and videography. This passion led me to my first job as a wedding videographer during my high school years. Soon after I joined the military and this helped me graduate from Sacramento State with a Digital Media degree. After college I went on to work for Comcast, TV50 and CBS Sacramento/Stockton Bureau while continuing my career in the Air Force Reserves.
Needing a change, I decided to take an opportunity to help promote the movie Bella with Positive Media in Florida. Up for another challenge I produced a short film, 40 Days, that documented the pro-life movement in Sacramento, CA. I've also started and failed at building a media business but have no regrets! I’m also working with two California based non-profits and joined a young start-up media company here in Southern California, Ronin 7 Entertainment.