Jerry Morris - Executive Pastor
Jerry has been the Executive Pastor at Salem First since July, 2006. Prior to SFN His ministry assignments included four years in youth, and 22 years as senior pastor. He and his wife, Cathi, have 2 sons and 4 grand-sons. They have been married for over 40 years.
Greg Hall - College & Christian Education Pastor
Greg joined the staff as Salem First in the fall of 2008. During his time at Salem First Church of the Nazarene he has served as the pastor overseeing Middle and High School Ministries, College Ministries, and Christian Education. He and his wife Lisa have two boys in college. Prior to working at the church, he taught jr. high English, sold real estate and owned his own small business. Greg has also led several trips to Israel. Greg completed his undergraduate work in Education and received a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry.
Josh Geier - High School Pastor JGeier@SalemNaz.org
Joshua is the Youth Pastor here at Salem First Church of the Nazarene. Prior to that Josh was a substitute teacher in local schools and spent his summers working at Canyonview Camp. Josh loves being goofy, doing fun activities with students, and watching God change students lives.
Erika Perry - Children's Pastor
Erika grew up in Nampa, Idaho. She attended Northwest Nazarene University in 2007 and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Christian Education. In 2011 she, served as Children's Pastor at Mountain View Church of the Nazarene. In November 2013, Erika joined the staff at Salem First. Erika met Zach in 2008; they were married July 18, 2011 and have two healthy happy boys.
Ron Eggert - Pastoral Care REggert@SalemNaz.org
Pastoral Care Pastor. Over 40 years of pastoral ministry in Washington, Texas, and Oregon. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary, he loves to teach God's Word
and help people in their spiritual journey.
Married 48 years; loves his six grandsons.
Beth Sorenson -
Senior Adult's Pastor
Beth grew up at Salem First and received her degree from Northwest Nazarene University. She served as a Children's Pastor in three other nazarene churches in the Oregon Pacific Church of the Nazarene District, for over 19 years. She also works for the Marion County Elections Department. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and her two boys, Reece and Landon.
Mary Beth Bowles - Connections Pastor MBowles@SalemNaz.org
Mary Beth loves to meet new people and see them grow and get connected around the church. You can usually find her at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.
Bertie Miller - Office Administrator
Bertie grew up and attended schools in Stayton, St. Helens, and Portland Oregon. After graduating from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Bertie taught for a few years then co-owned a pizza parlor with her husband, worked for a variety of businesses in the administrative and customer services areas. From 1993-95, she and her family went on an adventure to Indonesia, where she taught kindergarten at Sekolah Pelita Harapan. She has worked at Salem Naz since 2002. Bertie has been married to Ron, her college sweetheart since 1973.
Karen Hoekman -
Women's Ministries Coordinator KHoekman@SalemNaz.org
Karen grew up and attended schools in Seattle, WN. She attended Northwest Christian College (now Northwest Christian University) in Eugene, OREventually, she transferred to the University of Oregon where she attained 2 degrees: BA in Romance Languages and Elementary Teaching. She taught at Eugene Christian School until 1986 when she married John Hoekman. She is a mother of 2 daughters, both adopted from India, and a grandmother of 4 adorable grandchildren. She has worked at Salem Naz within Women’s Ministry both as an assistant to Jerri McGarrah and then as Women’s Ministry Director for 6 years. Karen loves designing creative ways to engage with ladies at Salem First Church of the Nazarene both in applied Bible Studies and in fellowship.
Ellen Pearson -
Early Childhood Director EPearson@SalemNaz.org
Ellen in the Early Childhood Director here at Salem First Church of the Nazarene and has been working with children at Salem First her home church of many years. Ellen loves getting to know young children and their families. It is always a joy for her to work with a wonderful team of volunteers and to find creative ways
to introduce children to Jesus.
Jamison Fitzsimmons -
Jamison is the man that everyone calls around the church when they need a new wall put in, a door unlocked, or a light bulb changed. He and Mary have been happily married since 2014 and now have a beautiful baby girl named Kaylor.