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

  • Trevor Owen

    Associate Pastor

    Trevor Owen joined Salem 1st as an associate pastor in 2016 after serving for seven years as the primary pastor at the Lebanon Free Methodist Church. He and his wife Shanette have been married for eight years and have three dependents: a German Shorthair Pointer named Makai and two dumbo rats named Chester and Clark. Though being employed to serve the church is a blessing, Trevor's heart has been to simply serve God in whatever capacity possible wherever he happens to be. This has led him to lead and serve on multiple short-term mission trips, help facilitate youth camps, do video-creation for an international ministry on Maui, peel trees to make telephone poles, and an interesting variety of other ways to be Jesus' hands and feet. He hopes to bring his heart to serve and ability to connect with others to Salem 1st as we reach out to a world needing restoration. And if you like coffee and want to talk, he's always willing to buy and be available.

    Phone: 503-910-4909                      Email: Trevor@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

  • Rachel OST

    Children's Director

    Rachel grew up in southern Oregon and moved to Salem in 2005 to attend Corban University. After graduation in 2009 she began serving as Children's Director here at Salem First. She also teaches public speaking to local college students and stays involved in local theatre productions.  Some things Rachel enjoys include Disneyland, chinese food, Christmas time, nature, and her family!

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

  • Kaleb Herring

    OUTREACH DIRECTOR and S.L.F. Lightning Rod

    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!

  • 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.



    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.