Pastor John Fleming leads the Pastoral Team for the Open Door Churches (ODC) of Salem-Keizer and provides guidance and support for the Administrative Leadership of Salem First and the other congregations of the ODC collaborative. Pastor John is part of leading the spiritual life of FUMC, offering leadership in worship, including weekly preaching, and offering devotionals, blogs, and other forms of spiritual guidance in digital formats.
A recent transplant to Oregon from North Texas, Pastor John enjoys many kinds of outdoor pursuits, especially hiking, exploring new places, and golf. Music is an important part of John’s life and he has been a live performer and composer of Folk/Americana for about the past 15 years. John has been married to his wife, Rona, for 26 years and they have two adult daughters—and two adorable dogs, Buddy and Mia.
Pastor Kalina Seluvaia Malua Katoa is a cross-cultural pastor in the pastor’s team of the Open Door Churches. Her primary role is Congregation Care. She supports and works with leaders in the ministry care across all ages with Christian education, pastoral care, and Las Naciones ministry. She also participates in leading Sunday worship, weekly devotions, and weekly blogs. She hopes her presence and works with the Open Door Church would support the increase in racial diversity in the church.[>
She is an immigrant from the Tonga islands (Friendly Islands) from the South Pacific. She is currently married to Sione Halafuka Katoa, with six grown children and seven grandchildren. Three of these children live out of the country, and three live out of state.For undergraduate studies, she went to Portland Community College Sylvania Campus and Portland State. She got her Master of Divinity in June 2013 from Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, and she is a Commissioned Candidate for Ordination in this Annual Conference in September. She likes to read, Do it yourself projects (DIY), inter-religious dialoguing, and ice-cream.