Leadership

The Pastors & Staff

meet our Pastors.

These are the four pastors you'll see speaking from the front any given Sunday.

Bruce Stefanik

Senior Pastor

Jason Treadwell

Senior Associate Pastor
Bruce and his wife Linda have been in full time ministry for 38 years. Before pastoring in Oregon Bruce and Linda with their two sons served together as full time missionaries for 16 years. Based in Southwest Mexico, they served on the National Leadership Board for Youth With a Mission from 1993-2000 helping pioneer a number of ministry centers and develop a church planting structure focused on indigenous church growth and outreach. They have been married for 44 years and they share a passion for discovering, developing and deploying the emerging leaders of this generation to see God’s kingdom come on the earth as it is in heaven.
Jason and Tricia met at church camp when they were just kids and have served together in ministry for over thirty years. About half of that time was in missions and half in pastoring. Jason’s hope is to communicate God’s holiness and love to community through biblical teaching and service. They have two forever kids and have had multiple foster babies.

daniel da silva

South Campus Pastor

alfonso martinez

North Campus Pastor
Daniel had been serving on the mission field with Youth with a Mission alongside his wife Daniele for over 20 years before joining Church on the Hill. Upon arriving in Salem in 2014 they joined COTH community and four years later, Daniel joined the team as Youth Pastor. Currently, Daniel is serving as the Salem South Campus Pastor, and his passion is to encourage and inspire people to have the courage to live their lives according to God’s purpose that will bring glory and honor to Him. 
Alfonso attended Boise Bible College in 2009 with a focus in pastoral ministries. During his time in Idaho, he interned as a youth pastor, served as a Worship Pastor, and Sunday Service coordinator. He came to Church on the Hill in 2016, attended a Youth with a Mission Discipleship Training School, and finally joined our staff in 2017. He has served in many positions throughout COTH and is currently our North Campus Pastor. His dream is to see the power of the gospel reach out into the community of Keizer and transform lives. 

meet some more pastors & ministry leaders.

We have a wonderful, dedicated team of Pastors and Ministry Leaders
working in and throughout the body and into our community.

matt Thatcher

Executive Pastor
As an elder and board member, Matt has served Church on the Hill for many years.  Prior to coming on as Executive Pastor, Matt was teaching and leading in the Cascade School District for over 20 years.  Matt brings this extensive administrative experience to both COTH and Crosshill in this new role.  Matt graduated from Biola University, which included a minor in biblical studies.  He has advanced degrees from both University of Oregon and Portland State University, but clearly realizes that these are only useful as they support ministry and furthering the Kingdom of God both locally and globally. 

jimmy miller

Associate Pastor
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RONI RASMUSSEN

Kid Nation Pastor
Roni graduated from Corban University in 2009 with a BA in Student and Family Ministries and has served with children's ministries in various forms since then. She and her husband Ryan started attending COTH in 2011, they have four young children, and Ryan serves on the COTH board and financial committee.

mason shaw

Youth Pastor - North
Mason graduated with a degree in Christian ministry from Corban University while playing baseball. He loves Jesus, fishing, reading and walks with his wife, Carlie. Mason desires to see kids know Jesus intimately. He is passionate about helping kids grow in their knowledge of the Word, their relationship with Him and as disciples who go make and disciples. 

micah herring

Middle School Pastor - South
Micah grew up in a missions minded family giving him a big heart for people. Micah loves coffee, disc golf, and hanging out with family. He and his wife Samantha have two sons, David and baby Ezra. The Herring’s have been helping out with the youth at Church on the Hill for two years, and are excited to continue seeing God work. 

Taylor wilkins

High School Pastor - South
For the past eight years, Taylor has worked with youth through Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as one of COTH’s High School Youth Pastors. It is here that he found a passion for engaging, equipping, and empowering students to be disciple-makers. Taylor loves to see youth come alive in their faith and love for Jesus! Taylor and his wife Melissa have two wonderful kiddos: Judah and Georgia.

Nicole Darby

Young Adults & Life Groups Pastor
Nicole has been seeking God’s heart for the young adults in the community for over a decade. Her desire is to equip this generation to boldly embrace the calling that God has on their lives. Nicole spent five years working with middle school students at Howard Street Charter School before joining the Church on the Hill staff in 2015. She completed a Certificate of Ministry Leadership at Northwest University where she is continuing her education toward a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership and psychology.

Lauren Carter

Women's Ministry Pastor
Lauren grew up in Salem and graduated from Corban University. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest where she can regularly spend time at the coast or mountains with her husband, Jordan and two sons, Finnley and Shepherd. Lauren has always had a heart for serving the Salem community and is so thankful the privilege to do that with the COTH family. Her greatest passion is creating space for generations of women to grow deeper in authentic community and discipleship that reflects the character of Jesus.

Diana Miller

Pastoral Admin
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Danielle Da silva

South Campus Youth Admin
Daniele previously served as a missionary to Brazil, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa within Youth With A Mission since 1995, and joined Church on the Hill upon arriving in Salem in 2014. She is married to Pr. Daniel and they have two children, Julia and Josue. She now serves our Youth Ministries as admin and has a heart to seeing this generation pursuing a purpose driven life for God. She loves spending time with her family and her family church. When she is not at church, her second home, probably she will be at her craft room working on new projects. 

hunter martinez

North Campus Admin
Hunter is an enthusiastic super-fan of middle schoolers. She has been serving as a leader in the youth ministry since 2017 and is married to Pastor Alfonso. As the Middle School Youth Admin, Hunter works as a bridge of communication between the pastors and parents. Recently, hunter has been able to expand into coordinating the volunteers for our North campus.  When she isn’t working, Hunter loves to create in the kitchen and explore fantasy worlds through books, movies, and tabletop games. 

Grace treadwell

Young Adults & Life Group Admin
Grace is our Life Group and Young Adults ministry assistant here at Church on the Hill. She’s currently a Forensic Psychology student at Corban. Grace is also a rather skilled photographer.

LEIA ILIYN 

Head Worship Coord.
Leia oversees the COTH Worship Department as a whole for both our Salem and Keizer campuses. She and her husband met while serving on worship teams at COTH in 2010. On any given Sunday you may hear the sound of their two young children trying out the drum kit after service.

Tiffany zistel

Asst. Worship Coord. - South
Tiffany has been serving in worship at Church on the Hill for 14 years. Tiffany and her husband Ryan have a tremendous heart for worship - Ryan plays drums! - and seeing our congregation praise Jesus. Tiffany deeply enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Meet the operations staff.

Our small - yet mighty - ops team.
(They're kinda the best)

Michelle Talmage 

Head of Finance & Operations
Michelle has been with COTH since 1990. She served as our Children’s Director in 1991-1995, on the school board from 2000-2010 - with all three of her kids attended WCS/CCS.  She became part of our Business Office in June 2011 -  now part of the Executive Team - as Head of Finance and Operations.  She absolutely loves her Family, and is throughly enjoying her GRANDCHILDREN!!!

Tessa Pattison

THE Office Administrator
Tessa graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Organizational Leadership back in 2017. She was so happy to join the team here at COTH in 2019 because she has called this church her home since 2010. Her husband Brock plays piano for our worship teams; you may recognize him by his cool glasses. In her free time she crochets, hikes, and plays with her dog Leeloo. She loves chatting with anyone that calls the office, so feel free to reach out any time! 

Sarah De Los Santos

Event Liaison
Sarah graduated Corban University in 2018 with a Leadership and Management degree. She met her husband Michael-Ryan at Corban and have been married since 2021. She, along with her husband, loves spending free time competing in sports, being outdoors and hanging out with people!

JANELLE RASMUSSEN 

Lisa Cude 

Business Admin
Accounts Receivable
Janelle loves numbers (ha!)...The mission of Kingdom-building and discipleship drew her, and she's so thankful to serve with such an amazing staff.  On her days off Janelle loves hanging out with her 7 adorable grandkids, being outdoors, traveling and scrapbooking God's blessings.
Lisa has been married to Tim for over 45 years has 5 wonderful daughters and 14 awesome grandkids. She has called COTH her home for over 23 years. She loves spending time with family, playing golf with Tim and friends and enjoys gardening and most outdoor activities.

Joy Hoge

Kid Nation Coord. (North Campus)
Joy is a mom of three and wife of one, and as highly organized as she like things, most of her days include more than one curve ball...such a good place to be (‘yay’ for the magic eraser). Her family loves all things culinary and say collectively that their dream vacations would always revolve around food (a second 'yay' for the invention of the treadmill). Her greatest life lesson? The value of community...on this, she can't say enough. 

Meet the facilities team.

They quite literally keep the buildings functioning.
(They are also the best at having fun)

Ryan Pierce

Facilities Director

Andrew Cleland

Maintenance

Jim Dunbar

Maintenance - North

Meet the media team.

We're responsible for what you see and hear at COTH.
("We're" as in we made this website)

David Iliyn

Technical Director
David is our resident expert in all things audio and video. If we listed all the talents he blesses the church with, you wouldn't take us seriously. He's mostly responsible for audio - but he also took all these photos. Apart from the world of audio, David is a skilled craftsman and his handcrafted furniture can be found in restaurants and cafes all over the Mid-Willamette Valley. He and his wife Kathrine will soon be welcoming a baby boy into the world.

Bryce Funk

Creative Director
Bryce has a passion for documentary film and is actively involved in reaching Salem's Homeless communities and the Foster System. Bryce enjoys long walks to the tops of mountains - especially with his wife Brooke.

Marissa pompa

Austin Zhan

ethan pierce

Graphic Design
Stream Coord.
Video Editor

Meet the Elders, Deacons, & Board of Directors.

The ministry, legal, and overseeing arms of COTH, these are
the men and women chosen to be spiritual leaders within the body,
aiding in ministry operations throughout our community.

Board of Directors.

This group consists of the Senior Pastor, three or more Elders, and other members elected to the board.

Bruce stefanik

Chair

Jason bennet

Secretary

Sandra Brower

Ryan rasmussen

Treasurer

cory McDonald

Elders.

The elders are the ministerial body of the church overseeing all church affairs.
They are responsible for overseeing the integrity of church doctrine and ministries
to its church body, its neighborhoods, and the world.
Elders are appointed by the Senior Pastor and ratified by the Body of Elders.
BILL & NADIE ARMSTRONG - HUGH & SANDRA BROWER - MARLIN & JEANENE BROWNELL -  BOB & KATHY BUTCHER - DANIEL & DANIELE DA SILVA - TIM & JOY DAVIS - JIM & DEBBY DIKIH - WES & PAULA HOLT - STEVE & KAREN KILPATRICK - MATT & JENNIFER THATCHER - ALEX & BETH ZUKOWSKI

Deacons.

The deacons are the servant leaders of the church. They are responsible for leading
in the frontlines of ministry to the church body and its neighborhoods.
Deacons are appointed by the Body of Elders.
JASON BENNETT  - JOE TALMAGE  
RYAN RASSMUSEN -  CORY McDONALD