Rob BennettChildren’s Ministry
Kristina ChiraEarly Childhood
Aren JensenYoung Adults & First Impressions
Bill BatesSeniors & Pastoral Care
Louis MenjivarHispanic Ministries Pastor
Scott WalbergOperations & Christian Education
Mark HermannTechnical Arts
Rick WilliamsonFacility Operations
Pastor Dan is our Pastor of Worship and Fine Arts. He and his wife Jeni have been married 22 years, and have two sons, Nathan and Sam.
Dan was born in Oregon and raised in Salem, and attended Peoples Church with his family through his Jr. High, High School and college years (1978-91). After graduating from McKay High School, he attended Chemeketa Community College and ultimately graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Dan taught choral music in the area public schools for three years before becoming the worship pastor at Church on the Hill in south Salem, where he spent six years on staff.
Pastor Dan enjoys staying busy with building projects around the house, baking bread for family and guests, Saturday walking and talking with Jeni, and super hero shows with the boys. The family enjoys trips to the beach or camping trips in the summer.
Dan has been a worship leader for over 25 years, and is blessed to serve here at the Peoples Church, in his hometown, and in the church where his love for music and worship began.
Pastor Rob was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been married since 2014 and have three young children, Ethan, Judah, and Keyleigh.
Rob and Stephanie over the years have served in youth, young adults and various other ministries. They also have a heart for missions, having lead or been a part of several missions trips. Prior to coming on staff, they served as Lead Campus Pastors at a sister church in Oregon. Rob currently leads the Children’s and Life Zones Ministries at Peoples Church. The Bennett’s are Seattle Seahawks fans, love spending time with family and friends, coffee and traveling. Rob is a graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington with a bachelor’s degree in History and an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Stephanie is a graduate of Multonomah University in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries.
Pastor Kristina oversees the youngest of our church family, from nursery through Kindergarten. From as far back as she can remember, Kristina’s always had the desire to be a teacher. She studied early childhood development in college and spent time working with children in as many avenues as possible. Kristina completed her biblical studies at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas before becoming certified with the Assemblies of God.
Pastor Kristina was born and raised in Russia before emigrating to the United States. Her husband, Yuriy, is an executive chef and restaurateur. They also have two beautiful children, David and Sophia.
Pastor Aren Jensen is a native Salemite. He and his wife Heather have been married since 1998 and have three sons and one daughter. Aren graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture. His ministry training was gained through Global University’s Berean School of Ministry. Aren is also involved in his family’s landscaping business.
The Jensen’s have ministered in Salem for many years in the Foursquare and Assemblies of God denominations. They have been youth pastors for ten years, the last several being at Peoples Church. Their ministry focus is student/college-age and single adults.
In addition to caring for college students and single adults in the Salem area, Aren loves to hit the links for a round now and then along with gardening and spending time with his family.
Pastor Bill and his wife Becca moved to Salem in 2018 after over 40 years of ministry in Washington as both associate and lead pastors. So, his role here at Peoples Church as Pastor of Pastoral Care is a natural fit, having done it almost all of his life. They are the proud parents of five children (all in full-time ministry in Oregon, California and Texas) and five grandchildren.
Bill received his education from Northwest University with a BA in Biblical Studies in 1975 and then obtained a DMin from Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry in 1999. He has been privileged to travel to over 20 countries in ministry and operated a ministry school that had 94 graduates with many of them currently in full-time ministry.
As a couple they love to visit their grandchildren, explore the Northwest, and enjoy various eating establishments. Becca is a part-time employee of Edward Jones, and Bill enjoys doing just about anything that gets him outdoors, which includes hunting and fishing, golfing and hiking, and just recently, skydiving!
Pastor Louis was born in El Salvador, Central America. Louis holds a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Vision International University, a license in theology from University Evangelical Nicaraguans Martin Luther King Jr. and a Bachelor’s degree in theology from Latin American Theological Seminary and is now pursing a Master’s degree in Theology at UENICMLK.
Pastor Louis has a passion to teach, equip and empower people to grow in the Kingdom of God. He has had the privilege of teaching at Los Angeles Bible Institute Oregon and also in the Salem study group of Global University for several years.
Pastor Louis’ wife, Evelyn serves alongside him with his son Nathan and daughter Cathy. They have been married since 1999. They spend their free time together watching a good movie and enjoying each other’s company, helping others, planning, reading and praying.
Pastor Scott was raised in the frozen north, born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Helena, Montana. The Walberg’s have been married since 1985.
Scott and Michele have been privileged to serve since 1986 in North Dakota, Montana and Nevada as associate pastors, serving in children’s/Christian education ministry. Michele has been actively involved in music ministry at all locations; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music from Northwest University. Scott’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Pastor Studies from Northwest. His portfolio at Peoples Church includes Christian education, assimilation and ministry placement, welcome ministries and men’s ministries.
The Walberg’s have three daughters – Celeste, a college student; Bree’anna a 2015 Graduate of Northwest University in full-time ministry; Mariesa, a 2011 graduate of Northwest University working in real estate and caring for her husband and two children.
Scott spends time working around the family farm, clearing and cleaning the land, and bringing machinery and engines back to life.
Pastor Pat leads our Finance department. Several years ago, Pat served on the Peoples Church staff under Dr. Denny Davis.
Most recently, he retired after 34 years as President and CEO of Church Extension Plan, a national ministry providing financial and administrative services to the churches and districts of the Assemblies of God and their constituents, assisting them in fulfilling their vision of spreading the Gospel.
Pastor Clements served for 22 years as chairman of the Finance Committee for the Oregon Ministry Network.
Before entering full-time ministry, Mark was administration supervisor for a large hospital in Sacramento, California (the one he was born in). He was called to music and technical ministry at an early age having grown up with parents who were involved in multi-media production ministry. The opportunity to move into full-time ministry came in 1993 when he became the music assistant at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento. That position quickly evolved into leadership of the Media and Communications Group for the church. In 2004, Peoples Church invited Mark to become its first Media Director, bringing with him a decade of experience. Now he oversees a range of technical aspects including visual and print media, lighting, and campus aesthetics.
Mark and Donna have been married since 1979 and have two married daughters – one a former preschool teacher turned school office manager turned stay-at-home mom homeschooling three children, and the other a musicology professor at Washburn University in Kansas. Donna is also part of the team as Peoples Church’s lead Receptionist.
Aaron grew up in Oregon City (where most of his family still lives). He and wife, Melinda, were married in 2003 and have three kids — Ali, Zeke and Isaiah. Aaron attended Portland Art Institute and earned his Bachelor’s in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University. He has been involved in Children’s, Youth and Worship ministries. Before joining the team at Peoples Church, Aaron was a Starbuck’s barista for nearly a decade.
Rick and his team make sure the Peoples Church campus is in top form. He was a part of the team for over a decade before being appointed Facility Operation Director in 2014. In addition, he’s been an usher, taught Christian education classes and helped teach Bible studies.
Rick grew up in the picturesque logging town of Idanha, Oregon on Detroit Lake. Rick has three adult children and one who is with the Lord.
Being out in the wilderness is his recipe for recharging the spiritual battery. Looking at the beauty, the intricate design, the enormity, the grand scale of God’s creation helps him to better see the wonder of who God is.