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 had been the Office Manager at Santee UMC for the past six years. She has also had an extensive 35-year career in Theatre, Television, and Film. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Karen has also served as the Cultural Arts Coordinator of the City of Alhambra, Director of Development for Holliston UMC in Pasadena, and Director of Program Ministries for University UMC in Irvine. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Eric Smith, pastor of St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea 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 works in the Nursery on Sundays and help with our mid-week program on Wednesdays. She holds an Associates Degree in Child Development and I also work as a Paraprofessional in Special Education. A member of SUMC since 2003, Crystal and her husband, John, have two wonderful daughters  The entire family is very active within the church, especially for VBS!  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 their 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. He also holds an MM from the University of Illinois and a BM in music composition and a Performer’s Certificate in clarinet from the University of Florida. 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 (U of Florida) and Michael Forte (Palm Beach Opera). He has played with the La Jolla Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Gainesville Symphony, and in a variety of solo and chamber contexts. He is a founding member of the contemporary chamber trio, Figmentum, in which he plays clarinet and toy piano. Kyle loves baseball, video games, science fiction, and dogs.

Sheri Etter, Treasurer

Lou Ann Wallace, Finance Secretary

Barbara Rymer, Wedding & Memorial Coordinator


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    Santee, CA 92071
  • (619) 448-4456

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