Our People

Pastor Scott

Scott Nelson

The Lord has blessed my wife Denise and me with four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law (Denise aptly calls them “in-loves”), and 12 grandchildren! Our time is filled, our house is often full, and our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving for each of these dear gifts from the Lord. If I’m not spending time with our grandkids, I love reading and studying theology, current events, law, politics—really, just about anything! I also enjoy music, playing the piano, and working out…

John Jaskilka

I’m thrilled to serve at Morning Star Community Church. I hope, as you get to know me and my family, you will see that we are ordinary people who love Jesus, love each other, and love people. My greatest desire in ministry is to help people live out what they are passionate about in a way that honors Jesus and builds His Church. I grew up a pastor’s kid who always enjoyed serving and being involved. Rarely did my parents…

Chris Meade

My heart and passion is to see people connect to Jesus, His mission, and to the church family.  If you are not connected yet at Morning Star, this is a great place to be!  As a guy who got into a lot of trouble as a kid, I have experienced the grace and love of Jesus in incredible and very full ways.  And God has used the people and teaching at Morning Star to help mold and shape me over…

Jared Boltman

Hello! My name is Jared and I’m so excited about what God is doing in people’s lives at Morning Star. I’ve been on staff here since 2007 and I’ve been attending since 1999. I met my amazing wife here and we got married in 2006. I love our church family and how God is continuing to draw us closer to Him. One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable…

Jen Tompkins

First and foremost, I’m a sold-out Jesus girl. I’m also an Oregonian through and through, with a weakness for kettlecorn and coffee. I’m married to Trent and mama to three ornery blessings: a sporty blonde son, a sassy redhead daughter, and a charming little Thai son who joined our family through adoption in 2012. I still pinch myself that I get to have a job where I can talk to women about Jesus all the time! I am passionate about…

Tom Casey

Because of a personal struggle with drugs and alcohol as a teenager that lasted many years in to adulthood, I have always been interested in restoration.

Cora Post

I have lived in Oregon since 2008 and I never plan to leave (unless God tells me otherwise)! I have a video-game-loving brother and a wonderful mom and dad who have taught me to love others like Jesus did. When I was 14 (2012) I met the love of my life, Tyler, through the worship team in Bridge 45. We ended up getting married in December 2018, and we serve in ministry together to this day! Ever since I could…

Robert Beckley

Hey there! My name is Robert and I’m originally from Eugene, OR. I trusted Jesus for the first time as an incoming freshman in high school and was transformed by His Spirit over the course of my high school years. That, along with the amazing leaders and mentors I had in that season, led to my deep passion for seeing high school students learn to follow Jesus. It truly is my greatest passion. I am married to my beautiful wife,…

Katrina Kennedy

Hello! I’m originally from Washington and moved to Salem in 2005 to attend Corban University. I’ve been going to Morning Star since the first week I was in Salem, and I love this church and its people so much! I think middle schoolers and young adults are some of the coolest people around. I get to hang out with students and leaders and talk about life and Jesus all day, every day. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. Some…

Louie Schmitz

Hi! I’m Louie! I am married to my amazing wife, Katrina, and we have three children, Sadie, Griffin and Penelope. We love going to new parks and playgrounds. I love all kinds of sports. My favorite for sure is basketball. I’m only a fan of college basketball once March Madness rolls around, and I pride myself in picking Kansas to win every year since 2008 (it’s only worked once). Although I live in Oregon, I’m a Golden State Warriors fan…