STAFF

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Rev. Lorne Bostwick has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for over 34 years. He attended the University of Washington receiving a degree in Education and Communication. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary. He has also done post graduate work with San Francisco Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling.

            Lorne has served on numerous committees within the Presbytery of the Cascades, and is deeply involved with several high-profile Oregon non-profits, such as Square One Villages and the Syria/Lebanon Partnership Network of the PCUSA.

Before arriving in Salem, Lorne served the Catonsville Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, The Presbyterian Church in Needham, MA. First Presbyterian Church in Turlock, CA. and Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene, OR.

            He has traveled to Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland in Reformation studies and to Syria and Lebanon in support of PCUSA's many years of mission to and with the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria. He completed a four-month sabbatical a few years ago in Turkey pursuing increased knowledge of the religious/cultural context for the writings of the Apostle Paul.

            Lorne has been married to Debi, his life partner of 44 years.  They have two grown children, Jason and Andrew, and three grandchildren.  Our pastor loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, sailing and skiing. Contact: (503) 364-3327 Ext. 101 /  Email at:  pastor@salemwestpres.org

Reverend

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Dr. Jeffrey Larkin is a choral conductor and educator in the Salem-Keizer School District, where he conducts beginning and advanced choral ensembles, and teaches music theory and piano. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting where he conducted the University Singers and Men's Glee Ensemble. Larkin also instructed the music courses and conducted the World Voices choir at the University of Washington-Tacoma. In addition to having worked in public education, Jeffrey has worked 15 years in church music ministry as both a clinician and Director of Music. Previous church engagements include Director of Music at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way, WA, and Associate Music Director at First United Congregational Church of Christ in Corvallis, OR. He earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University. Jeffrey is in current demand as a guest conductor and presenter. His current research includes: choral andragogy with the senescent voice and aural cognition.

Contact: (503) 364-3327 Ext. 105  /  Email at: music@salemwestpres.org

Director of Music

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A ‘unicorn’ in the industry, Vik has been leading Westminster Youth since 2009. Her inexhaustible energy has kept the youth program vibrant & growing.  She leads weekly youth groups, plans and implements a week-long City Camp event every summer, organizes mission around the world, and has been seen cheering for her students at local school events.  “I bleed seltzer water, and get 24 miles per every 2 espresso shots! Then there’s my overindulgence in baked goods...” No one would be surprised if Vik died in a tragic donut incident.

Contact: (503) 364-3327, Ext. 106  /  Email at: vik@salemwestpres.org

Youth Director

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CAROLYN LAWRENCE

I am excited to be working with Lucy Foster to temporally fill the position of Director of Children’s Ministry.  I’ve been a member of Westminster for the last 15 years, and an active member of the Children’s Ministry Committee for the last 10 years. During that time, I’ve served two terms as  chairperson, and also taught Sunday School and helped with Vacation Bible School.

Professionally I was a preschool teacher for 27 years and love working with young children and their families.

 

LUCY FOSTER

I’m pleased to be sharing the Children’s Ministry Directory position with Carolyn Lawrence. A lifelong Christian, I’ve been a member at Westminster since 1983, raising two children in this church family with my husband Bill.  I’m active in several other ministries of the church in addition to Children’s Ministry. 

Professionally, I’ve been a classroom teacher for 35 years, retiring a few years ago.  I have a Master’s Degree in Education, focusing on Early Childhood, Reading, and English to Speakers of Other Languages.  I still love working with children and their families and sharing how much God loves each and every one of them. 

Contact: (503) 364-3327, Ext. 109  /  Email at: children@salemwestpres.org

Children's Ministry

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Krisha is excited about education (nerd alert!), as evidenced first of all by her own many years of schooling. She graduated most recently (2010) from Regent College in British Columbia with two master’s degrees, one in Old Testament and one in biblical languages. “You can wait a lot of tables with those skills,” she’s been known to joke. However, since graduation she’s continued her focus on education by working as an assistant pastor at Joy Fellowship in Vancouver, BC, teaching as an adjunct instructor at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, learning from her new husband David how to properly fold t-shirts, and teaching her two tiny children (Hannah and Micah) how to be humans. Meanwhile, Krisha has been a member at Westminster since 2014 and joined the staff in 2019. She says she’s been blessed to serve with the people of God in this place. “To me, education is not just filling the mind with more facts or subscribing to a certain way of thinking; it’s when something takes hold of us, expands our horizons, and ultimately transforms our lives that true learning happens, often in the company of others. I’m excited to continue partnering with Westminster to facilitate opportunities for this to take place.”

Contact: (503) 364-3327, Ext. 102  /  Email at: krisha@salemwestpres.org

Director of Adult Education

Church Staff member Ariana Recher

Ariana is the Director of Contemporary Music and the pianist for the traditional services.  Ariana's full time profession is in the field music education.  She has served as an educator with in the Salem-Keizer Public Schools for 11 years. Additionally, she serves as an accompanist for a variety of ensembles in the community.  "Music is a language we all can learn.  It opens a door of understanding to another's culture, perspective, and unites us"  Ariana and her husband currently live in Salem and enjoy the beauty of Oregon 

Contact: (503) 364-3327  /  Email at: office@salemwestpres.org

Director of Praise Team

church staff member Jean Severson

Jean comes to Westminster with a resume packed with lively-arts experience.  For 8 years she was co-producer of  "New Year's Jazz at Indian Wells," a 4-day jazz spectacular spread between 2 luxury resorts (thank goodness for golf carts!), featuring dozens of bands and special artists. She acted as script supervisor for many a televised variety show featuring A-list artists such as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others, and also lent her skills to televised stage productions such as the multiple-Emmy winning "Sweeney Todd," starring  Patty LuPone and Neil Patrick Harris.  After five seasons as materials coordinator for the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" starring Drew Carey, she transitioned to  the position of Director of Operations for the Pasadena Symphony, where she also revived the Pasadena Youth Symphony, which is now one of the most highly respected ensembles on the West Coast.  Now-a-days, Jean is thrilled to be an Oregonian.  She supports the staff and congregation with good humor and a lively interest in throwing parties. “Sanity restored! The days of 90-hour work-weeks are behind me. Oregon has captured my heart; I’m grateful every day for clean air, green trees and my blessedly short commute—not to mention the many friends I’ve made at Westminster.”

Contact: (503) 364-3327, Ext. 103  /  Email at: jean@salemwestpres.org

Office Manager

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Our lovely campus and building are managed by our Building & Grounds Committee, who work tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly. 

Contact: (503) 364-3327  /  Email at: office@salemwestpres.org

Building & Grounds 

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