Steve Southards 

Lead Pastor

Growing up in a Christ centered home, I  felt a call into ministry while in high school.  After meeting the love of my life in college, Erin and I have been on a journey of discovering God’s gifting and passion in our lives, specifically as it relates to the local church and reaching those far from God.  Erin and I are passionate about helping people take their next step with Jesus and it starts with our 4 kids: Payton, Colton, Presley and Stetson.  In between wrestling matches with the kids,  I enjoys hunting, time on the water, and smoking meat.    

David Boots 

Lead Associate / Worship

I  joined Team Salem in 2011, and serve as Lead Associate Pastor and Worship Arts Pastor.  While I guide Salem’s administrative, finance, and facilities operations, what I am most passionate about is leading others into God’s presence through our corporate worship gatherings.  I am an avid Astronomer and enjoy camping with my wife, Michelle and Labradoodle, Mr. Bojangles.

Bob Hawker

Next Steps 

Bob Hawker (@hawkermania): I believe in a servant style of leadership and believe that, until you are serving you’re not becoming like Jesus. My passion is to welcome guests & to see people continually taking their next step towards Christ in every season of life! My wife Alison is an awesome Elementary PE Teacher and we have 2 amazing daughters!
I love kayak fishing and all things outdoors. I am a Star Wars & Sci-Fi Nerd and I love the family I have come to know here at Salem Church of God! I am so encouraged by how welcoming and open Salem is to people of all walks of life. 

Kyle Hayes 

Outreach / Communications

Hi, my name is Kyle and I work with our local and global outreach teams. We believe that healthy outreach means coming alongside our partners who are present in their locations year round. Teams from Salem are active everywhere from Dayton to Central America, Africa, Europe, and even Asia! We are passionate about telling good news stories from all over the world!
In my free time, I love to travel, hang with my wife, Jessica, and two kids, Adelaide and Caspian. A perfect day for me is throwing everything in a bag and heading to the airport with the family to go check out a new place!

Nathanael Lyon 

Salem Students 

My wife Kimmi and I have been serving at Salem since 2013.  We have two incredible sons, Ezra and Asher! I am  passionate about empowering teenagers to discover the person that God has created them to be and connecting them with people who will walk alongside them as they figure it all out.  In my free time, I love to go on walks with the family, try out new pizza restaurants, and watch football.

Paula Spear

Salem Kids

Hi, my name is Paula. I love Jesus and what he has called me to do!  I've been married to my best friend, Kevin, for 30 years. God blessed us with 2 amazing kids, Garrett (26) and Mariah (22). Garrett lives in Phoenix, AZ and works at Arizona Youth and Family Services as a Behavioral Coach. Mariah has been attending college in Florida and will graduate this spring. She serves in a ministry to girls who have been rescued from human trafficking.  Both plan to start their master's degree in counseling next year.  
Some of my favorite things to do are putting my toes in the sand at the beach and a taking good hike in the mountains. Most days, you can find me in the kitchen trying different recipes. I learned my love of cooking and baking from my mom!  

Richard Triplett

Care / Senior Adults 

My name is Richard Triplett and  I am the Care and Senior Adult Pastor at Salem COG. I came on staff February 1, 2015. My wife Claudia and I have been married 50 years as of November 8, 2018. We have 2 adult daughters Crystal Colp and Shari Southards and 2 Sons-in-love David Colp and Tim Southards. We have 5 grandchildren Caleb, Madalyn (husband Andrew), Jacob, Eden and Selah (oldest to youngest). Claudia and I love spending time with our kids and grand kids so we take every opportunity to visit them in St. Louis (Southards) and St Joe Michigan (Colps). We love the outdoors so we really find it relaxing to work in our yard and take walks on the Dayton area tr. Claudia and I are very thankful to God for bringing us to Salem Church and for the ministry He's given us and for the opportunity to get to meet and make so many new friends and love on people and pray with people who for many are going through tough times.  


Support Staff

Kelly Daniel 

Worship Arts Coordinator/ Director of Development 

Craig Denise

Salem Students 

Missy Groh 

Campus Services 

Jessica Hayes 

Outreach Coordinator 

Mindy House

Next Steps Coordinator

Kim Marvin 


Megan Marvin 

Graphic Designer 

Joe Noble

Maintenance Supervisor

Betty Scheibly

Congregational Care 

Lisa Spahr

Salem Kids Early Childhood Coordinator 

Stephanie  Sullivan 

Salem Kids Elementary Coordinator 

Deb Thomas 

Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor 

Lori Thomas 

Salem Kids Administrative Coordinator 

Kelly Travis 

Office Manager

                    Olivia Dixon

Resident | Salem Kids Preteen
 Ministry Coordinator