Pastor Justin has led us in our mission to reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ since accepting the role of senior pastor in September 2008. He began attending Salem Heights in September 1992. Eager to get involved, he started serving part-time in youth ministry in January of the following year and transitioned to full-time ministry in January 1996. In 2005, he began co-leading as associate pastor until making the full transition to senior pastor three years later. He and his wife, Christina, have been married since 1992 and have three children.
Pete began attending Salem Heights in 1999 while in college and joined the staff in 2015. In December 2019, he was called to the role of Executive Pastor. Pete and his wife, Holly, were married at Salem Heights in 2001 and have three children.
Pastor Matt will tell you that the hope found in Jesus Christ can overcome every obstacle that can be faced in this world. After first coming to Salem Heights in 1988, he began serving only two years later. In 2001, Matt joined the staff as full-time pastor and is now the Pastor of Men and Addictions Victory. Matt and his wife, Lori, have been married since 1985 and have three children.
Julie Bernard joined the Salem Heights staff in 2002 as the Director of Women’s Ministries. Julie has a passion for conveying God’s love to women by pointing them to the immeasurable grace offered in Jesus. She has been happily married to her husband, Bryce, since 1981, and they have three children.
Having grown up as a student in the Salem Heights youth ministry, Tim Saffeels knows how relevant the gospel of Christ is for a student’s formative years. Tim first began serving in the Cause youth ministry in 2005, and in 2011 he stepped up to be the full-time Director of Student Ministries, overseeing both middle school and high school students. He and his wife, Michelle, have been married since 2010 and have four children.
Tara has been part of Salem Heights Church for ten years and has served in Women's and Children's Ministries during this time. The Lord grew a desire in Tara to proclaim the truth of the gospel to children and called her to the position of Director of Children's Ministries. She has been on staff since September 2019. Tara and her husband, Joe, have been married since 2008 and have five children.
A.J. Acker has been faithfully leading worship and serving as Director of Music Ministry since 2008. He first arrived at Salem Heights in 1999, and four years later he married the love of his life, Amanda. Together, they have four children.
Joe Greenwood has been a part of Salem Heights and has served in the music ministry for many years. In June 2017, Joe joined our church staff as the Director of Operations. Joe and his wife, Jessica, have been married since August 2004 and have three children.
Emily Dempster serves as a biblical counselor and oversees counselor training for Salem Heights Church Biblical Counseling Ministry. She has a deep passion for the local church and teaching others in ministry to care well for people. Married since 1998 to Ryan, they have two children.
As a partner in leading the Women's Ministry team and a staff member since 2013, Connie delights in meeting needs and offering support in any way she can. An encourager at heart, she enjoys coming alongside women through counseling, mentoring and taking women to God's Word for hope, direction and encouragement. Connie enjoys reading, sewing, cooking, camping and hiking with her husband and two teenagers.
New to the Salem Heights team in 2021, Justin Knoll has a passion for seeing high school students grow in authentic relationship with Jesus. With prior youth ministry experience Justin followed the prompting of God, stepping into His calling to the youth at Salem Heights. He serves as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries. Justin and his wife, McKinzie, have been married since 2015 and have one daughter, Selah.