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.

  • Doug Bailey


    Pastor Doug was born and raised in So Cal, spending his summers at Disneyland and Huntington Beach. Before going into full-time ministry he owned a company that manufactured coin operated video games (remember the successful "PONG" game? That wasn't him, that was some other guy). He has been a pastor for over 33 years. In addition to his Master's Degree he also has a teacher's certificate in Oregon, a Doctorate from George Fox University, and more student loan debt than he ever dreamed possilbe. He has been married to his high school sweatheart, Linda, for over 40 years. They have 4 grown children and are now raising their granddaughter Chealsie. In his spare time (whatever that is) he enjoys all things Disney, household projects, gardening, watching Food Network programs and reading everything he can get his hands on. His love for life, his wife and kids is surpassed only by his love for Jesus and serving Him.     

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

  • Matt McConnell

    Associate Pastor

    Matt joined the Staff at Salem First in July 2011 after moving here from Idaho. He has worked in camp ministries, youth ministries and a variety of other ministry roles in Eastern Oregon, Clackamas and Idaho and truly loves seeing lives reshaped by our faith in a very real God! Matt has several Bachelor's Degrees from Multnomah University in Biblical Theology, Youth Ministry and Music and has attended a couple of other colleges as well. Matt and his wife Jennifer have three young sons: Gavin, the oldest, and twins Levi and Ethan. Matt has many hobbies and interests- just ask his wife... kayaking, biking, reading, movies, hiking, camping, traveling, spicy foods, new adventures, and also has a serious coffee addiction- hint, hint. So drop him a line or give him a call- he'd love to get to know you!   

    Phone: 503-581-3633 ex. 315   Email: matt@salemfirst.com

  • Rachel OST

    Office Manager & Children's Director

    Rachel grew up in Medford and Jacksonville, in southern Oregon. She moved to Salem in 2005 to attend Corban University. After graduation in 2009 she began serving as Children's Director, and in 2011 she began serving as Office Manager. Some things Rachel enjoys include Disneyland, chinese food, pixar movies, and the performing arts. In fact, she's been involved in theater since 1st grade, and is still involved in community theater in Salem and working in Christian productions at Corban University. She finds true joy in serving God at this church, which has been her home place of worship since moving to Salem, and is especially blessed to minister to all the kids and volunteers of all ages in her department. Rachel's goals include growing relationships with young families, easing transitions for kids going into middle school and the youth group, and encouraging kids to burst with joy and Jesus's love!   

    Phone: 503-581-3633 ex. 304   Email: rachel@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



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  • Kaleb Herring

    OUTREACH DIRECTOR and S.L.F. Lightning Rod

    He is the youngest of 4 siblings, and an uncle to a niece and nephew. Kaleb has been able to call Salem First his family for many years and he looks forward to many more so he can grow with his brothes and sisters in Christ. He has a passion for living out Christ in the flesh, by making you feel welcomed and cared for. His heart for youth comes from God shaping him through walking with Jesus. He loves to share with Youth the joy he gets from playing soccer, camping, knowing God, and hanging out. If you like soccer or root for the Portland Timbers you will like Kaleb. He has played soccer since he was 3 all the way to four years of college soccer. Now, he gets his joy from meeting all kinds of people from the beautiful game of soccer, including camps and tournaments he host annually. In July 2011, Kaleb married the girl who caught his eye in a Ninja Turtle outfit, Kristine Darby. They met at Corban and both look forward to the life God has planned for them, which included the birth of their sons James Dean in May 2013 and Jordan Kent in February 2015. Feel free to connect with Kaleb and his wife Kristine about life, they would love to get to know you!!   

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



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