We are six communities of of the United Methodist faith who have come together as one, united in living out our passion to welcome all people to grow spiritually and serve our neighbors and world.
Realizing we can do far more together than we can as individual congregations, together we regularly:
- share pastoral resources
- volunteer at local missions
- host Vacation Bible Schools
- learn from workshops and speakers
- serve at local food banks
- enjoy concerts
- worship at special services
- study together during Advent and Lent
- grow our youth group
- provide community for young adults
Whatever your life story, we invite you to engage with us on this journey as we grow and serve in our daily lives through relationships of encouragement and love.
Pastor John Fleming leads the Pastoral Team for the Open Door Churches (ODC) of Salem-Keizer and provides guidance and support for the other congregations of the ODC collaborative. Pastor John is
part of leading the spiritual life of Open Door Churches, offering leadership in worship, including weekly preaching, and offering devotionals, blogs, and other forms of spiritual guidance in digital formats.
A recent transplant to Oregon from North Texas, Pastor John enjoys many kinds of outdoor pursuits, especially hiking, exploring new places, and golf. Music is an important part of John’s life and he has been a live performer and composer of Folk/Americana for about the past 15 years. John has been married to his wife, Rona, for 26 years and they have two adult daughters—and two adorable dogs, Buddy and Mia.
Pastor Kalina Seluvaia Malua Katoa is a cross-cultural pastor in the pastor’s team of the Open Door Churches. Her primary role is Congregation Care. She supports and works with leaders in the ministry care across all ages with Christian education, pastoral care, and Las Naciones ministry. She also participates in leading Sunday worship, weekly devotions, and weekly blogs. She hopes her presence and works with the Open Door Church would support the increase in racial diversity in the church.
She is an immigrant from the Tonga islands (Friendly Islands) from the South Pacific. She is currently married to Sione Halafuka Katoa, with six grown children and seven grandchildren. Three of these children live out of the country, and three live out of state.
For undergraduate studies, she went to Portland Community College Sylvania Campus and Portland State. She got her Master of Divinity in June 2013 from Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, and she is a Commissioned Candidate for Ordination in this Annual Conference in September. She likes to read, Do it yourself projects (DIY), inter-religious dialoguing, and ice-cream.
Pastor Zaida Huereca has worked for over 27 years in the ministry. Dedicated to serving God and the Hispanic community, she has spent time working in both Mexico and the USA. After studying psychology, missions, and evangelism, she has worked with kids, women, and in counseling services. Currently, Pastor Zaida is serving as the pastor at Las Naciones in Salem, Oregon.
Rev. Jeff Lowery serves as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Open Door Churches. Jeff leads our Sunday afternoon youth group gatherings, mission trips, retreats, and confirmation classes.
Jeff’s passion is to help youth connect their faith to service in the world and helping youth discover their calling from God. Jeff also leads the Portland based service learning program L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together). In his spare time, he is a musician and songwriter and his music can be found at www.jefflowerymusic.com.