Our Staff


Senior Minister, Dr. James Brooks 
503-363-9273 Ext. 306

Dr. Brooks is a former Midwesterner who has discovered the joy of Oregon, especially Salem First!  James holds degrees from Purdue University, Lexington Theological Seminary and Eden Theological Seminary.  James cherishes his experience of completing a 500 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  In addition to serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) beyond the congregation, he has enjoyed serving in leadership positions with YMCA, chambers of commerce, police chaplain, and Rotary.  James brings a passion for preaching the Good News of Jesus, for celebrating a radically open Lord’s Table, and serving with a diverse community of God’s people.  James is blessed to be married to Amy.  They have four children: Kaitlyn, Colin, Joseph and Kendal.  


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Children’s Ministry Director, Laurie Dyer 
503-363-9273 Ext. 305

Laurie Dyer is a lifelong Oregonian, spending half of those years as a member of Salem First Christian Church, along with her husband and their three sons. Laurie's commitment to her own sons is only rivaled by her commitment to all God's children. Trained in Early Childhood Education, Laurie has dedicated most of her life to the needs of children. Her calling to serve Christ with children, her own three sons and all of our children led her to join the church staff in 2007."


Business Administrator, Leanne Griffin
503-363-9273 Ext. 310

Leanne Griffin is the new Business Administrator. She comes to First Christian Church with an extensive background and experience in accounting and office administration.


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Secretary/Office Manager, Melissa Houston
503-363-9273 Ext. 301

Melissa Houston produces the Church Scroll, a bi-monthly newsletter, and the weekly Sunday Bulletins. She maintains the church calendar; helps manage the church database and the website; and processes the Accounts Payable in conjunction with the Business Administrator. She is the first to greet you when you telephone or walk into the church office; and she began working here in 2003.



Praise Team Leader, Billy Strehlow

Billy Strehlow was born and raised in Armour, South Dakota.  After high school, he joined the army and was stationed in Texas and then Germany for a total of five years.  Since then he has lived in Oregon and currently resides in Silverton where his wife, Dena and three children, Kayla, Cody and Jordan are his primary ministry. His greatest moments are when God works through him to speak to a deep need of a listener.


Director of Youth, Young Adults and Young Families, Taylor Lind
503-363-9273 Ext. 303

Taylor Lind is the Director of Youth, Young Adults and Young Families. He comes to Salem from Springfield, Oregon where he served as a youth intern at Northwood Christian Church and as the lead pastor at Glenwood Christian Church. He is married to Misha and together they enjoy hiking and being outdoors. Taylor is extremely passionate about engaging youth and seeing people grow towards the Lord.



Keeper of the House, Mark Ridings 
503-363-9273 Ext. 307

Interim Music Director, Gary Frame  503-363-9273 Ext. 304

Nursery Coordinator, Teri Garland

Accompanist, Melissa Davey
Security, Greg Axe, Brian Smith and Terrance Jull
Sound Engineer, Kyle Jones

Video Engineer, Kyle Jones

Please send prayer requests to: info@salemfcc.org