Pastor Tom has been involved in full-time ministry as a pastor since 1991. Before coming to Our Savior’s, he served three country churches on the prairie of north central Montana. His “go anywhere, do anything” approach to ministry has led him to prairies, prisons, and service trips as far as South Africa and Brazil. Tom and his wife Brenda have three sons, Victor, Thomas, and Luke. Pastor Tom loves adventures especially in water. You may contact Pastor Tom at 503-399-8601 or [email protected]g
Pastor Jody has served in ministry since 2001, beginning with Youth and Family Ministry. Before coming to Our Savior’s, she served a two-point rural congregation in northern Wisconsin, as well as ministering as a hospice chaplain. She currently works with the NALC in the area of intentional discipleship formation. Whether she is working with families, small groups or individuals, her ministry passions are built on a strong desire for community. Pastor Jody loves spending time outdoors and exploring the coast, as well as, traveling to unknown places. Her addictions include: espresso and really good cheese. Jody, her husband Chad, and their three kids: Maggie, Lucy and Gus are excited to be part of Our Savior’s and Salem. You may contact Pastor Jody at 503-399-8601 or [email protected]
Director of Church Life
Sarah has been serving at Our Savior’s as staff since 2001. She is married to her college sweetheart, Tony and has two grown sons, and a niece, who is more like a daughter. Sarah is originally from Hawaii, but for the last 30 years has called the Pacific Northwest her home. She would love the opportunity to meet with you. Feel free to stop by her office to chat about what Church Life means to you!
What is Church Life?
Church Life is not what only happens on Sunday mornings, but it is about what happens 24/7 in the life of the church. The Director of Church Life is about connecting people together through Life Groups and opportunities for volunteers. It is about encouraging people to feed their Mind, Body and Soul, by attending Bible study, volunteering and developing relationships. It is about true discipleship in and outside of the church building.
Pastor Dan has been involved in full time ministry since 1984. Before coming to Our Savior’s, his ministry experience included serving youth, young adults, and older adults in small- to medium-sized congregations, located in the South, Midwest, and West coast. He has also served as a chaplain in hospital and military settings. He currently is a seminary professor, including faculty appointments at Portland Seminary, the Institute of Lutheran Theology, and South African Theological Seminary. He enjoys studying and teaching Scripture, along with engaging fellow Christians in thoughtful conversations about their faith. He and his wife, Marcia, along with their son, Joshua, and his wife, Rachel, welcome opportunities to experience the outdoor adventures that Oregon offers, including hiking along forested trails, driving through the scenic mountain roads, and visiting beaches up and down the coast. He looks forward to continued opportunities for service at Our Savior’s. You may contact Pastor Dan at 503-399-8601 or dan[email protected]
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Maren Frith is our Office Administrator. She was born and raised in Salem and has attended Our Savior’s since 1989. Maren has worked in office administration for 15 years and enjoys working with the public. When she’s not working at Our Savior’s, Maren is either busy teaching Musical Theater to first through fifth graders or hanging out with her three amazing children. You may contact Maren at [email protected].
Grace Paulson is our bookkeeper. She was born and raised in central Minnesota. She has six sisters, two of which are twins (the oldest two). She was married to Doug Paulson of Osceola, Wisconsin in August of 2014. They decided to move to Oregon to retire. She has one daughter and five grandchildren, four boys and one girl. Doug has three sons and four grandchildren, all boys. During her free time, Grace enjoys crabbing, sewing, quilting, puzzles, baking, and cooking. Doug enjoys hunting, fishing/crabbing, cooking, photography, and, most of all, entertaining. Together they enjoy camping and kayaking. They have a dog, Max. You may contact Grace at [email protected].