Pastor Jaime grew up as the son of an Air Force officer, which blessed him with the opportunity to live all over the world in a life that would prepare him for Methodist ministry. After graduating from high school in Madrid, Spain, Jaime studied International Relations and History at Boston University, finishing his degree in 2009. During his time in undergrad, he felt God call him into ministry and began to pursue a career as a pastor. He stayed in Boston to attend seminary at BU School of Theology, received his Masters of Divinity, and then answered a call to join the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church starting in 2012.

There, he served three churches over the span of eight years, while also being ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in 2016. In 2020, God called him to a new ministry half a world away in Santee, CA. Jaime enjoys playing complicated board games, watching and discussing movies, and generally spending time with family and friends. He has an amazing wife, Carmen, and a rambunctious little girl, Scarlett, who keeps her parents on the move. They are all excited about this new adventure and discovering the amazing things Santee and San Diego have to offer.

Karen Radcliffe Smith, Office Manager

Karen has held the position of Office Manager at Santee UMC for the past 6 years. Other administrative work includes: Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Alhambra, Director of Development for Holliston UMC in Pasadena, and Director of Program Ministries for University UMC in Irvine.

Karen has also had enjoyed an extensive 35+ year career in Theatre, Television, and Film, and is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Karen is married to Rev. Dr. Eric M. Smith, pastor of St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea UMC in San Clemente. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Jennifer Scott, Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries

Jennifer is a native San Diegan who lives in Alpine with her husband, Jarad, and two sons, Austin and Dakota. Teaching and working with children, youth, and young adults is her passion! Before focusing completely on ministering to young people, Jennifer taught in local private schools, owned a bakery, and ran a successful sewing business. She grew up immersed in music and loves to spend time jamming with her boys, who are both talented musicians.

Jennifer has been volunteering and working with the children and families at Santee UMC since 2004 and is currently also serving as the South District Youth Coordinator for the California-Pacific Conference of the UMC.

Crystal Ketterer, Nursery Care Coordinator

Crystal has worked in the Nursery on Sundays for the past 8 years. She also helps with our mid-week program on Wednesdays. Crystal is married to Johnathon and they have two wonderful daughters. The entire family is very active within the church, especially for Vacation Bible School!

Crystal holds an Associates Degree in Child Development and also worka as a Paraprofessional in Special Education. As a family, they love to go off-roading in their jeep, camping with their club, and going on adventures. SUMC has been the foundation for the Ketterer family to learn and live God’s love.

Kyle Rowan, Director of Music Ministries

Kyle Rowan is a composer, clarinetist, and educator. He completed his PhD in music composition in 2016 at UC San Diego, and also holds an MM from the University of Illinois and a BM from the University of Florida in music composition as well as a Performer’s Certificate in clarinet. His compositions have been performed around the country as well as internationally at festivals in Greece, Italy, and South Korea.

As a clarinetist, Kyle studied under Mitchell Estrin at U of Florida and Michael Forte at Palm Beach Opera. He has also played with the La Jolla Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Gainesville Symphony, and in a variety of solo and chamber contexts. Kyle is a founding member of the contemporary chamber trio, Figmentum, in which he plays clarinet and toy piano. In addition to music, he loves baseball, video games, science fiction, and dogs.

Contact

  • 8964 N. Magnolia Ave.
    Santee, CA 92071
  • (619) 448-4456

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