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, with two more on the way! Karen has held several staff positions in the United Methodist Church and has been the Office Manager at Santee UMC since 2015.

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.

Kyle Rowan

Interim 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 holds an MM from the University of Illinois and a BM from the University of Florida in music composition, in addition to 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 (University of Florida) and Michael Forte (Palm Beach Opera) and has played with the La Jolla Symphony, the Albany (GA) Symphony, the Gainesville (FL) 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 also enjoys baseball, video games, science fiction, and dogs.

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. Community Pancake Breakfast

    June 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  2. Monthly Blood Drives at Santee UMC

    June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. Cal-Pac Summer Camp UPDATE

    September 5 @ 8:00 am - December 6 @ 5:00 pm