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, her 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 two daughters, Scarlett and Alice.
Carol has been attending Santee UMC since 2015 with her young daughter, Melody. She found a spiritual home for her family here, and values the work the church does in the community, as well as the transformational programs for the children and youth at Santee UMC. Carol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from San Diego State University. When not utilizing her talents crafting or serving on multiple church committees, she can be found volunteering with her husband, Jared, with a high school robotics program, where she serves as Volunteer Coordinator for the San Diego region.
Kaydence has grown up in this church. She has been attending the church since she was four days old. Kaydence has quite a bit of experience volunteering around the campus but, especially for VBS! Her family attends church with her, her mom and dad work/ volunteer in the nursery; while her little sister volunteers in the sound booth. She has a love for children, as she has grown-up babysitting and also volunteering in the nursery. In her spare time she likes to touch up her ASL (American Sign Language), go to the gym or explore San Diego with her friends. If it is winter time, you can often find her out in the desert on her quad. Kaydence has found her second home and the love for her community here.
Kyle 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 in addition to a Performer’s Certificate in clarinet from the U 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, he studied under Mitchell Estrin (U of Florida) and Michael Forte (Palm Beach Opera) and has played with the La Jolla Symphony, Albany (GA) Symphony, 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. Besides music, Kyle loves baseball, video games, science fiction, and dogs.
Crystal Ketterer works in the Nursery on Sundays and helps with the mid-week program on Wednesdays. Her family has been attending SUMC since 2003 and Crystal has been working in the nursery for nine years. She is married to her husband, Johnathon, and they have two wonderful daughters. The family is very active within the church, especially for VBS! Crystal has an Associates Degree in Child Development and works as a Paraprofessional in Special Education. As a family, the Ketterers love to go off-roading in their jeep, camping, and going on adventures. SUMC has been the foundation for their family to learn and live God’s love.