John & Cindy Peters
Salem, Oregon, as the capital city, is the political hub of Oregon supporting a population of over 250,000, which includes 3+ colleges, 7+ High Schools and many middle and elementary schools. This is a very culturally diverse area as well, with many different people groups including Hispanic, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese. Located centrally in the Willamette Valley, agriculture has been the backbone both financially and culturally of the area. In addition, Salem is a gateway to many recreation areas, from skiing, fishing and mountain activities to the east, to the Pacific Ocean only an hour west, with deep sea fishing and wonderful beaches.
God called the Peters to plant Living Water Fellowship in the spring of 2016, starting with a core group meeting in their Salem home. They originally met on Saturday evenings while John continued to pastor a growing church in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. In 2016, after a great year at the coast where they baptized 10 new members , the Peters felt anew God’s call to reach the people of Salem.
As God added to their numbers, Living Water Fellowship moved first from the Peters’ home to an elementary school, and more recently leased a building which provides even more opportunity to reach the community. They are serving the Lord by serving their community and sharing with those who need so desperately to hear the saving truth of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This heart of ministry and sharing has grown within the body of believers and they are completely committed to what God wants to do here. One young mother came to John after service one Sunday and told him that she and her family truly love the family of Christ there because she feels that she is surrounded by “real people” that she can trust and help her family grow. That is why the church exists!
John and Cindy served in the medical field for over 20 years, helping and serving others. They have also served the church in a variety of roles - from youth leaders, women’s leadership, associate pastor, and lead pastor for the past 10 years. They are excited to see what God is going to do in this area that is surrounded by many disbelieving factions, knowing that our God is bigger and greater than anything this world can bring, so our trust and joy is always in Him!