Meet our Staff

Reverend Yael Lachman, Minister

Rev. Yael Lachman moved to Salem in January 2019 to serve as settled Minister of First Congregational Church. She was ordained in 2012 after graduating from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and has served churches in Bridgton, Maine, and Santa Cruz, California. Yael holds a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology, and brings to her ministry a passion for restoring humanity’s sacred covenant with the earth itself, and with all creatures. Yael is also devoted to helping churches become truly intergenerational communities, where children, youth, and families of all shapes and sizes worship, create, and celebrate together—all year long! When she’s not in church, you can find Yael hiking, paddling a dragon boat, sketching outdoors, writing, and making linoleum block prints.

Ian Bilinowich, Christian Education Director

Ian Bilinowich is a proud native of Portland, Oregon. He holds degrees in History and Religion from Walla Walla University and has taught in Montana and Oregon. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Portland State University. Ian has embraced a progressive theology and is passionate about showing young people that God embraces all. Ian and his husband Sam currently reside in Salem, OR.

Michelle Laseter, Childcare Coordinator

Dr. Marcia Hauff, Organist

Rhonda Reibach, Office Manager

Gabriel “Gabe” Gomez, Housekeeper