Who We Are & A Brief History


Life Church is a non-denominational church affiliated with Global Legacy. We believe every congregation should be free to pursue God's purpose and specific calling while being submitted to and joined with the greater Body of Christ.



A Brief History


Before Life Church was it's name, we were known as Willamette Christian Fellowship, which was originally established and had its first service on October 31, 1982. Mike Herron moved from Portland, Oregon to start the church with his wife, Marsha, and their three children. After renting space for a year, the church purchased an old carpet warehouse on Moyer Lane in West Salem.

 

The church grew rapidly, and there was much work involved in renovating the building to make it a useful facility. As blessing continued, the church searched for a larger property where there would be room for more growth. In August of 1993, the West Salem campus of Salem Academy was purchased.

 

In January of 1995, Don Finley was set in as the senior leader of Willamette Christian Fellowship. Mike and Marsha Herron felt led by the Lord to pursue full-time traveling ministry, and they have continued to minister around the world while staying connected to our church body.

 

In January of 2000, we changed our name from Willamette Christian Fellowship to LIFE CHURCH. The years have brought many changes to the campus: the demolition of the old gymnasium, the building of the parking lot, and multiple renovation projects on the buildings. After 15 years of leasing space for their elementary school, Salem Academy moved out in June of 2009. This change means we occupy the entire campus, which includes 11 acres of property and all the buildings.

 

We are currently renovating the building that was occupied by the school. It is becoming our Life Training Center. By the end of 2014 we opened our Children's Wing, finishing the renovations of the large room and two large classrooms. We are very excited for our kids to have ample classroom space and room to learn and grow!

 

The new entry area and Youth Group Loft was opened in April 2017. Coming soon this area will house a coffee shop and provide an area for fellowship and community.

Our Values & Purpose


Our values are the ministry philosophies that guide our behavior and culture.

 

The Good News

God is good, and He’s in a good mood. His story is all about His plan to redeem us to Himself because He loves us. We live to declare the promises of this Good News (The Gospel) and to experience real life in Christ.

 

His Presence

We will seek first His presence so that all we do can be orchestrated by Him.

 

A Culture of Honor

We are cultivating a community where everyone is empowered to live free. The Bible says to honor (value) all people. This means that we are to honor people whether we believe they deserve it or not. We won’t allow a person’s character defects to have control over how we treat them.

 

A Missional Mindset

We are history makers who are commissioned to change the world. We have become ambassadors of reconciliation, first to Salem, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. Our mission is not to build a better church, but to build a better world.

 

God Given Identity

‘I am who God says I am.’ This phrase declares our belief that we are only defined by Him who made us. We were uniquely created to bear His image, walk in His authority and live like royalty.

 

Our Purpose Is: Leading People Into Real Life

Real Life is experiencing the living God, being transformed into His image and demonstrating His Kingdom in the earth. There is a life God intends for you... REAL life. (John 10:10) More than simply existing, it is becoming the person God created you to be. We want you to experience God in such a way as to transform you into one who expresses the nature of Christ to the world.

Our Staff

Don Finley

Senior Pastor

"God is good, therefore life is good!"

Ann Finley

Senior Pastor

"Our words create worlds. What kind of world are you creating? "

Andrew Foster

Associate Pastor

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Jodi Casebier

Office Manager & Life School Director

"Why do I love otters? Because they're creative and love having fun!"

Chantal Bradshaw

Wholeness Ministries Administrator

"It's a good morning for healing, wholeness, and oh yeah... a cup of coffee!"

Kim Baker

Administrative Assistant

"It's all about Family! spoken by a true Babiska (or grammy if you don't know German!)"

Diane Foster

Bookkeeper

"Love simply. simply love." "CHOCOLOVE."

Andy Foster

Building Projects & Maintenance

"Welcome to the Maintenance Office; we do the impossible."

Heather Weiss

Life School Administrator

"If you can't reach me at Life School, call me on my shell phone!"

Crystal Givens

Children's Pastor

"Ask me how many children I want, and I'll tell you 100."

Sara McNinch

Life Change Administrator

"All you need is love... and a few cats."

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team consists of a small, core group of Elders committed to walking together in love, while helping set the course and direction for Life Church! We meet regularly to share testimonies, good things God is doing, and ideas for building & growing strength in the body.
 
Team includes: 
Don & Ann Finley: Lead Pastors
Kit Casebier, Jodi Casebier
Andrew  Foster
Don Pike
Sandi Allen



Covering of the Apostolic Counsel

A group of Fathers to this house are in relationship with Don and the rest of the Leadership Team to be a source of guidance, support, and covering for this team of leaders. They represent a variety of strengths and backgrounds and are a source of strength, connection, and counsel when needed.