Rev. Christian DeMent


Pastor Christian grew up in La Mesa, graduating from Helix High School in 1991 and from SDSU in 1996 with a degree in Psychology. Christian is a third generation San Diegan and a lifelong United Methodist, attending La Mesa First UMC from birth. He participated in its Sunday School and youth programs, and volunteered as a youth worker there for several years until arriving at Foothills UMC.

Reverend Christian DeMent began serving at Foothills United Methodist Church as youth director in 1996.  During his time there he answered the call to ministry, attending Claremont School of Theology and receiving his Masters of Divinity in 2005.  In 2009, Reverend DeMent was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the Cal-Pac Conference and served as one of Foothill’s pastors until his appointment as Pastor of Santee UMC. He enjoys running, surfing, working on old cars and spending time with his family and friends.  Christian and his wife, Kelli, a teacher of 19 years in the Cajon Valley School District, love discovering new and unique restaurants in San Diego and exploring hidden play places with their son, Jack.

Karen Radcliffe Smith

Office Administrator

Karen has had an extensive 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 a lifelong Methodist and is married to the Reverend Dr. Eric M. Smith, Senior Pastor of St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea United Methodist in San Clemente. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. Karen has served on staff for several of their church appointments including Director of Development at Holliston UMC in Pasadena, Senior Ministries Coordinator at Redlands First UMC, and Director of Program Ministries at University UMC in Irvine.

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Jennifer Scott

Children & Family Ministry Coordinator

Jennifer was born and raised in San Diego. She attended Patrick Henry High School and was a music major at Grossmont College before marrying her husband, Jarad, and moving to Alpine. They have two wonderful boys, Austin and Cody. Jennifer has taught in private schools for a number of years. Her goal in the classroom is to nurture the children’s talents and teach them to use those abilities to help others. She has played an active role in both the Children and Youth ministries at Santee UMC as Vacation Bible School Director, KICK Leader and Music Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Family Ministries Co-Chair, Sunshine Place Preschool Board Chair and Music Leader. Working with children and youth is Jennifer’s passion and she is thrilled to be part of the SUMC team as the Children, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator!

Crystal Ketterer

Nursery Care

Crystal has lived in San Diego most of her life and graduated from Monte Vista High School where she met her husband, Johnathon. Crystal is a Resource Paraprofessional for the La Mesa Spring Valley School District. She is currently attending Grossmont College, working towards an Associates Degree in Child Development. Crystal and Johnathon have two daughters with whom they enjoy fro-yo dates, trips to Sea World, helping out at church events, watching Food Network, camping and going off road with their jeep club. In her spare time, Crystal loves baking and cupcake decorating.

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Ania Sundstrom

Director of Music Ministries

Ania Sundstrom is a composer, performer and music educator. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied with Joël-François Durand and Juan Pampin. She earned her BA in Music Composition at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland where she studied with Zbigniew Bujarski (composition), Krzysztof Meyer (orchestration) and Rafał Delekta (conducting).

Her musical accolades include 3rd prize at the I Controlled Composition Competition in Radom, Poland in 2013, 3rd prize at the Composition Competition in Kraków, Poland in 2008, and the William Bergsma Endowment for Excellence in Music Composition Fellowship among others. She also received a commission from the Polish Institute of Music and Dance, resulting in her work isolated- disintegrated for flute and live electronics. Stachurska’s music has been played in the United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany by performers such as Daria Binkowski, Pascal Gallois, JACK Quartet and Talea Ensemble among others.

Support Staff

Kathy Isham, Organist

Jan Ault, Accompanist

Barbara Rymer, Memorial and Wedding Coordinator

Lou Ann Wallace, Financial Secretary

Sheri Etter, Treasurer


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

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Upcoming Events

  1. San Diego Underground

    January 13 @ 11:30 am - December 29 @ 5:00 pm
  2. District-wide Youth Days at the Beach (DABs)

    June 20 @ 9:00 am - August 8 @ 4:00 pm
  3. SUMC Walking Group

    July 8 @ 8:30 am - July 29 @ 10:00 am
  4. Community Pancake Breakfast

    August 3 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  5. Monthly Blood Drives at Santee UMC

    August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm