CitySalt Church (formerly SouthHills Church) is part of the Foursquare family churches and was established in September of 2004.
The church was started by Pastor Shannon Kearney following her 13-year service as an associate pastor and counselor at Eugene Faith Center. With a heart drawn to the South Eugene area, she and a group of 60 people began a prayerful search for a meeting location. The group settled on the 70-acre campus of Oak Hill School--where a team of faithful volunteers transform the secular school's gymnasium into a sacred gathering space for fellowship, prayer, worship and biblical teaching.
In time, the vision and characteristics of the church began to emerge. Staff people, ministries and programs were established as God stirred up passion and vision for various needs within the fellowship. In 2009, Dusty and Julie Johnson joined the staff to help the growing needs of the church. As a friend and colleague of Pastor Shannon, Dusty served as a part-time associate pastor until assuming the role of Senior Pastor in January of 2010. Shannon continued her service to the church as an associate pastor role until she and Mike retired and moved to Nashville, TN in the Fall of 2012.
In the Fall of 2013, church leadership began to feel a stirring of fresh vision for the future. In the months to follow the church made purposeful steps to contend for a new home for the church. Early on the leaders felt the search for a new location should not be limited to the Hills of South Eugene. As part of the preparation for a new location the church was invited to a series of meetings to determine a new name not location specific would have a prophetic calling for the future.
After months of brainstorming, discussion, and a number of lengthy meetings, the church arrived at CitySalt Church as a new name. In the Fall of 2014, as per Foursquare Bylaws the church membership voted to approved the name CitySalt Church and on November 9, 2014 the church gathered to celebrate the church’s 10 year anniversary in addition to launching the next chapter in the journey a congregation as CitySalt Church.