meet our staff...
Every member in our church is a minister of the good news of Jesus Christ. In fact, the character of our church is defined by how each one of us lives out our relationship with God.
Marcus Elmer, Senior Pastor
Pastor Marcus has been with West Hills since 2002. He and his wife Kahori have two daughters, Rachel (Tyler) and Rebecca (Jacob), and live here in West Salem.
Free time... Running, traveling, photography, reading, hiking
Life verse... "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Bobby Van Kleek, Youth Pastor
Bobby is passionate to help the next generation of young people come into a relationship with our loving God. He and his wife Cristy have two children, Adriel and Seth.
Free time... Backpacking, reading, movies, video games
Life verse... "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." (Psalm 23:1)
Greg Denney, Worship Pastor
Greg has a deep love for leading people to treasure the goodness of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Andrew and Peter.
Free time (beyond music, of course)... Home projects (aka, "tinkering"), basketball, reading, road trips, drinking coffee (aka, "the elixir of life")
Life verse... "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Ron McNinch, Community Life Pastor
Ron leads the home group ministry and visitation teams. Ron and his wife Kim have two children, Collin (Sara) and Stephanie (Alex).
Free time... Yard & garden, reading, cooking & BBQ, games & popcorn, fishing
Life verse... "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
Sorin Crivceag, Hispanic Pastor
Sorin is enthusiastic about reaching out to our Hispanic community in West Salem with the love of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Laura have two children, Denisse and Matthias.
Free time... Family time, traveling, watching soccer, playing music, fishing, hiking
Life verse... "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly then all that we ask and think,
according to the power at work within us". (Ephesians 3:20)
McKenzie O'Neil, Children's Ministries Director
McKenzie is passionate about helping children and their families grow strong in relationship to God through Jesus Christ. She is married to Cameron and they have one daughter, Lilias.
Free time... Adventuring, trying new foods, reading, and date nights with Cameron
Life verse... "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12)
Adela Waldie, Women's Ministries Director
Adela is a delightful woman of God, devoted in her relationship to Jesus Christ. Adela is married to Jeremy and has three children: Lucas, Sammy and Emma.
Free time... traveling, gardening, reading a good book, RV camping with my family, decorating cakes.
Life verse... "For this is what the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing."