Staff @ SFPC

Brian Craker

Interim Senior Pastor

Brian has been in ministry since 1993 and has been serving as an Interim/Transitional Pastor in the Cascades Presbytery since 2008.  While originally from California, Brian has lived in the Portland area for the last 25 years and has a deep love for the Pacific Northwest. He holds a B.S. in Speech Communications from Multnomah University, M.Div from Portland Seminary (George Fox), and is completing his D.Min in Semiotics (Portland Seminary). Brian's passion is helping churches through transition and discovering God's vision for their future. Brian and his wife Alison have two boys and he enjoys regular family gatherings, travel, playing sports together, and cooking almost anything on his Traeger grill.

Rob Thrasher

Minister of Discipleship and Missions

Rob has served in various positions during his time at Salem First. His passion is to change the world with love and kindness, and he is able to regularly pursue this through his work. Rob has an MA in Global Development & Justice from Multnomah University and is ordained as a pastor by the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. Rob and his wife, Carolyne, have two kids and enjoy hiking, engaging in conversations, and spending time together around a campfire. He also loves loud guitars and good books.

Connor Soejoto

Director of Worship Arts

Connor has been attending SFPC since 2011, first as a musician under the direction of our previous director, Andy Wilson. He graduated from Willamette University in 2015 with a bachelor's of music education. Currently, he sings with the Willamette Master Chorus and operates a private lesson studio. Connor has a deep passion for music and loves lifting a joyous (and loud) song to the Lord.

Kim Bonn

Director of NextGen Ministries

Kim came on staff in 2017 and has been a member Salem First since 1994. Working with youth is one of her many passions. Kim and her husband Chris have two grown children, Keri & Kyle. She has degrees from Portland State University in Psychology and Sociology and has worked with kids in various capacities for 30 years. When she's not working you can find her camping, on a road trip, or reading a good book.

Ashley Gregory

NextGen Intern

Ashley has been an amazing addition to the staff, joining in the summer of 2019 after graduating High School. She was a leader and a member of our youth programs for the past several years and is extremely excited to be able to provide experiences for others that she found the most impactful in her youth. She is a lover of all things cute and cuddly with a love for Disney with a specific love for Frozen 2 at the moment.

Sharon Klocksieben

Audrey Harman

Director of Admin

Audrey has been a part of the Salem First staff since 2007. She loves people and enjoys getting to work doing something she loves. Audrey was raised in California and was a championship dancer when she was younger. She is a Nevada Wolfpack fan, loves movies and Disney stuff. Married since 1987, she has two daughters and a son-in-law, and is looking to adopt a new fish.

Hospitality

Sharon is a longtime member of Salem First and has been using her amazing skills in the kitchen to serve since 1996. She has a degree from California State University and is a U.S. Navy Veteran. Sharon has five special grandkids that she takes joy in spending time with. In her quiet moments, Sharon may be found enjoying a good book and/or chocolate, preferably together. She also thinks the color burgundy is quite swell.

Maureen Zemanek

Office

Maureen started working at the church in 1990. She married her high school sweetheart, raised three children, delights in her nine "perfect" grandchildren, and regularly walks with a group of friends who call themselves the "slugs". When Maureen isn't working, you can find her camping, reading, knitting, or on the beach with her friends or family.

Guin Parker

Congregational Care Coordinator

Guin has been a member of Salem First Presbyterian since she was a child, and has been an active member of the lay leadership in various positions over the past decade. She has an Associates in Accounting from Chemeketa Community College, and experience working for other non-profit organizations. She took piano lessons for over ten years and taught her own students for about five. She regularly plays keyboard in the worship band and has done since it was first formed. When classes are in session, she assists in teaching students at Chemeketa how to dance various Latin dances such as Salsa, Cumbia, and Bachata. Some of her favorite things include spaghetti, trips to the coast, good stories, knitting, and her two cats, Hedy and Nikola. 

770 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

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