Our Staff and Pastors

We have a great staff here at Salem First and they would love to get to know you! Coffee's on us- let's get together.

  • Andrew Miller


    Pastor Andrew was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the North Portland community. He has over 25 years of pastoral experience, he helped pioneer a church in New York City and he has served as the Evangelism & Outreach Pastor at a multicultural church in North Portland for over 13 years. He is passionate about prayer and reaching the local community through intentional efforts and partnerships. He also has a burden for individuals who are disenfranchised and living on the fringes of society. He seeks out those who are lost and the backslider to bring them to a place of reconciliation with the Lord. Knowing God, loving people, and making disciples has been the core focus of his ministry. Pastor Andrew and his wife Cheryl have been married for 8 years and have co-labored together in ministry. They have been involved with evangelism, local mission activities, missions abroad, community outreach, prison ministry, recovery programs, discipleship training, marriage counseling, and pastoral care. Cheryl has served in YWAM and Youth for Christ. Their marriage and family represents the power of God’s love, grace, and his ability to heal and restore. They have a blended family with seven adult children and nine grandchildren with two more on the way this year! Pastor Andrew is an avid runner and enjoys sports as a participant and spectator.     

    Phone: 503-581-3633 ex. 310    Email: andrew@salemfirst.com



    Pastor Gene served 36 years pastoring in 5 churches in the Oregon Conference of the Free Methodist Church before retiring in 2006. His last assignment was in Grants Pass where he served for 15 years. Since retirement, he and his wife Joyce have traveled and served temporarily in 2 additional churches. He believes senior adults have much to offer but also deserve the special attention a Senior Adult Pastor can provide.  

    Phone: 503-581-3633   Email: gene@salemfirst.com

  • Kaleb Herring

    Associate Pastor

    He is the youngest of 4 siblings, and an uncle to 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Kaleb and his wife Kristine have three boys, James, Jordan, and Jackson. He loves to share with his family and youth the joy he gets from playing soccer, camping, knowing God, and drinking coffee. God brought Kaleb over from Texas in 2008 and has stayed ever since, making Salem First his home and the people his family.

     Phone: 503-581-3633 ex. 306    Email: kaleb@salemfirst.com



    Carrie and her husband Mike are long-time members at Salem First and enjoy giving back to their church family in many different ways. Carrie mainly serves as director of our After School Programs, ministries which primarily serve children in our local neighborhood who attend Lamb Elementary and Adam Stephens Middle School. Carrie and Mike are new grandparents, which they love, and look forward to meeting you and your family if you drop by for a visit!



    Maria Vasquez joined Salem First as our new receptionist in December 2017.  Maria is friendly, helpful, and welcoming to our church family and visitors. Maria is compassionate to those who have needs and challenges that reach out to Salem First for help.  She is bilingual and she will helps us connect with visitors to Salem First whose primary language is Spanish and with Latino families and individuals in our community.

  • David Wheeler

    Youth lEADER

    David Wheeler joined Salem First as a Youth Leader in January 2018.  David has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Foundations and he is in the final stages of completing his Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership from Multnomah University.  He is passionate about youth ministry, prayer, and evangelism.