Church Staff

We welcome contacting any of our church staff! Please use the Contact Us form and we’ll get in touch with you right away or call the church office at 503-364-6709.
Rev. Dan Pitney has been the lead pastor at First UMC since 2009.  He has been a United Methodist pastor for the past 40 years, most of his ministry in Oregon.  He is also the lead pastor for the Open Door Ministries of Salem-Keizer, a large-parish cooperative ministry of United Methodist churches.

Dan is a life long runner, has a passion for gardening and also raises Australian Finches.  He and his wife, Jennie, have two grown children, one grandchild, and a Golden Retriever.

Kathy Pressler is the church administrator who oversees the general operations of the church, human resources,  and schedules all events, meetings, and building rentals. She also serves as the bookkeeper for both the FUMC Trustees and Open Door Churches.

When at home, you can find Kathy working in her yard, walking her Cocker Spaniel, Jackson, or dabbling in water colors. She also enjoys short trips to the beach and the mountains – anywhere with water!

Judy Allen is the Bookkeeper/Business Coordinator for the church. Her responsibilities include recording income, paying bills, balancing the accounts, reconciling bank statements and preparing financial reports.

A math teacher for 31 years, Judy still enjoys working with students at the high school and college levels. She loves to visit her three children’s families (7 grandchildren) where hiking, camping, soccer games and high school musicals add fun and variety to retirement.

Katie Carpenter serves as both our Office Reception and Secretary and is the face visitors first see along with our volunteers. Katie also creates both our weekly and monthly newsletters as well as designing our Sunday worship bulletins.

Passionate about accepting all people exactly where they are, Katie makes sure people from all backgrounds and ages feel welcome in our church. When she isn’t with us at Salem First, Katie loves spending time with her family, taking part in outdoor activities, and attending various music and art events.

Jenny Pitney, Praise Band Director & CrossFire Youth Band Director

Gary Onstot, Minister of Visitation

Jon JoStuber, Choir Accompanist

Jon holds BM, MM and DMA from Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Salem FUMC, he served at First Presbyterian and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

As a pianist/organist, he has appeared with Resonance Ensemble, Consonare Chorale, Portland Vocal Consort, Columbia Chorale and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, Jon has appeared in performance with Belle Voci Women’s Ensemble, Lewis & Clark Community Chorale and the University of Portland Women’s Choir. While completing his doctoral program, Jon made his European debut at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England. Musical theatre credits include Musical Director for The Addams Family, Urinetown: The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, and the upcoming production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Pentacle Theatre in Salem.

During the day, Jon works at Aldrich Advisors as an Account Manager in the Benefit Administration Division. When not managing benefits or playing music, you can find Jon digging in the garden, frying chicken, or at the movies.

Rachel joined our staff in 2019 as Director of Congregational Life. With her warm spirit, Rachel welcomes our visitors and helps them get connected in the life and ministry of the church. If you’re a newcomer, Rachel is a great person to talk to and ask any questions you may have. If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll certainly find it!

Rachel enjoys being around people, listening to music, and spending time outdoors. In her free time, you will find her out hiking or at the beach with people she loves.

Christina Gordon, Childcare Coordinator
Heather Ingersoll is our Director of Christian Education and Family Ministry, providing leadership for Christian Education and supporting our family ministry including care, classes, and programming for infants, preschool, and elementary school children and families.

Rachel believes learning is ultimately a journey toward inner truth and this then propels us outward to be agents of God’s justice, mercy, and love in the world. Rachel’s free time is spent with her 3 year-old son and husband playing Legos, visiting the park, and playing baseball. She also enjoys cooking, yoga, running, and reading.

Rev. Jeff Lowery serves as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Open Door Churches. Jeff leads our Sunday afternoon youth group gatherings, mission trips, retreats, and confirmation classes.

Jeff’s passion is to help youth connect their faith to service in the world and helping youth discover their calling from God. Jeff also leads the Portland based service learning program L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together). In his spare time, he is a musician and songwriter and his music can be found at

Music Director: Aimée LarsonAmend

Organist: Jon Stuben

Childcare Coordinator: Christine Gordon

Rejoice! Kids Choir Director: Sarah Pitney