Steve Torgerson

Steve served as Executive Director from SALT’s beginning in 1996 until the end of June, 2020. After relocating to the US, he continues to serve as a consultant, and assists with development and organizational fundraising. After 10 years as a church planter in Asia, Steve’s focus changed to equipping active and mature church leaders who had no suitable resources to teach and train the next generation of Asia’s church leaders. In June, 2020, Steve passed on the baton of leadership to an experienced and motivated national staff team.


Steve is married to Merrilee and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren scattered across the globe. Merrilee served as women’s ministry coordinator and Bible study leader in their Hong Kong church.

Other Interests

After leaving the mountain trails of Hong Kong, Steve and Merrilee are taking up kayaking near their new home in Minnesota. Cheering for the Minnesota Twins will now take on a new level of enthusiasm. Are you interested in experiencing an interactive overview of the Old Testament? Contact Steve to arrange a stimulating and challenging church event.


B.S., University of Minnesota

M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary

D. Miss., Trinity International University