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Rev. Dan Pitney, Pastor
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.

Katie Carpenter, Front Office Manager

Kathy Pressler, Facilities Manager

Judy Allen, Business Administrator

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 Hoey, Director of Congregational Life
Christina Gordon, Childcare Coordinator
Heather Ingersoll, Director of Christian Education and
Family Ministry
What I do for the church: I provide leadership for Christian Education options for all ages. I also support family ministry including care, classes, and programming for infants, preschool, and elementary school children and families.

My passion for ministry: I have served in a variety of churches leading Christian education and children’s ministry programs. I believe God created human beings with curiosity, a propensity for new insight, and a longing for understanding. My passion for ministry is developing caring learning environments where individuals are invited to encounter God and experience transformation. Learning is ultimately a journey toward inner truth. This journey inward then propels us outward to be agents of God’s justice, mercy, and love in the world.

Hobbies away from my job: Most of my free time is spent hanging out with my 3 year-old son and husband – playing Legos, visiting the park, and playing baseball. I also enjoy cooking, yoga, running, and reading.





Interim Music Directors: Emanuel & Cynthia McGladrey

Organist: Jon Stuben

Christian Education Director: Dr. Heather Ingersoll

Interim Congregational Life Director: Lisa Rybloom

Childcare Coordinator: Christine Gordon

Rejoice! Kids Choir Director: Sarah Pitney