Gary Sivewright - Senior Pastor

Gary Sivewright has been a university chaplain and administrator, Christian magazine editor, denominational executive, youth pastor and senior pastor.  Gary is a storyteller and especially loves to tell the story of God's redemptive grace through Jesus.  He was married to his wife Carol for 36 years before her passing of pancreatic cancer in 2012.  Now engaged to be married to his fiance' Darla Elliott in June 2017, Gary is the father of two married sons and the grandfather of two grandsons.

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

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

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

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

Karen loves designing creative ways to engage with ladies at Salem First Church of the Nazarene. Karen and her husband have been married for many years and have one daughter.


Ellen Pearson -
Early Childhood Director

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 -
Facilities Manager

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.


Efrain Munoz - Vida Abundante Lead Pastor

Luis Barcelo - Vida Abundante Associate Pastor
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