our staff

pastor john hiestand


 Rev. Hiestand, a San Francisco native, came to know God as his advanced degrees in music led him initially to employment as a church musician. Sacred music awakened a spiritual calling and he and his wife Vivian eventually both earned their Master of Divinity degrees and have served God through music and ministry ever since.  They have two sons, one grandson, and two dogs, Bam-Bam and Pippin. 

Children & family minister jared maddox


  Jared, who has his PhD in Religious Studies and Masters in Divinity, is a published author and oversees our children's ministry. He has also taught on American religious history, Wesleyan theology, Christian missions, and Methodist history, doctrine, and polity. He and his wife Mallory have one son and are awaiting the arrival of their second child!

music ministry director matthew compton


A published composer since the age of 14, Matthew oversees all music ministry and is director of our Chancel Choir and handbell choirs. He continues to compose and be a sought-after handbell director and tours regularly. Matthew is also a valued member of Portland's Choral Arts Ensemble.  He and his husband Trevor have a bearded dragon named Misha. 

youth director & accompanist allison king


An experienced and sought-after performer and teacher, Allison began her ministry here in music, serving as the organist and accompanist. Her background in education and youth athletics allowed her to fall in step with youth ministry. She oversees middle school and high school activities, fellowship, and worship, as well as accompanies all services, choirs, and other musical groups. 

administrative director sue wiltsey


Sue has the unique honor of serving Jesus at Salmon Creek Church for over 30 years. Her family has grown up in this church, and Sue and her husband continue to worship here.  Sue's tenacity, organization, keen insight, compassion, and commitment to this church and congregation has kept it thriving over the decades.  

dayschool director gayle horowitz


Gayle has been directing our nonprofit faith-based preschool and daycare center for over nine years now. She pursues collaborative relationships that connect resources, ideas, curricula, learning opportunities and innovative art materials with instructors (and parents!).  Gayle oversees the charter and direction of the dayschool and assists in the community-lauded Vocation Bible School held each summer. 

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 Our doors are always open, regardless of gender,  orientation, race, economic status, or education. Office hours listed below; building hours vary based on group activities and events.   

Salmon Creek Church

12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98686, US

(360) 573-3111

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09:00 am – 04:00 pm