At Salem, our mission is to glorify God, make disciples who pursue Jesus, and share His Story.
The core doctrinal beliefs embraced and taught at Salem:
About God: We believe in the one and only living and true God. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, yet one in nature and purpose (often referred to as the Trinity).
About Jesus: We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, yet He became flesh (incarnation), being born of a virgin, and died as a sacrifice for the sins of all people on the cross.
About the Bible: We believe the Bible was written by persons divinely inspired, and it is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
About Humanity: We believe that mankind was created by the act of God and in the image of God. Yet sin has separated us all from God, and we have no hope for fellowship with God now or in eternity apart from the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.
About Salvation: We believe that salvation is the free gift of God offered to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by faith, and that God has put Jesus Christ forward as the one and only way to enter into God's family.
About the Church: We believe the New Testament church is a local body of believers who have come together by believer’s baptism for the purpose of promoting the good news of Jesus around the world through worship, evangelism, ministry, fellowship, and discipleship.
About Baptism and the Lord's Supper: Our church recognizes two ordinances, meaning religious acts done for their deep symbolic meaning, which are believer’s baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper, sometimes called communion.
About the future: Our church believes in the promise of Christ that He will return, and that the timing of this is known only in the heart of God, so our duty is to be prepared and to diligently spread the good news of Christ until that time.
A more detailed exploration and explanation of Christian beliefs can be experienced in Salem’s New Member Course called Seedbed. Also, if you would like a more detailed examination of historical Baptist beliefs, our church would be pleased to provide you with copies of historical Baptist documents.
In 1840, the Salem Meeting House was officially designated a church by residents who had been gathering there for worship for a time. Three parcels of land had been donated by three families, and construction of the meeting house began. Reverend Stephen Senter was the first pastor, traveling to the area for one service a month, receiving the $30 yearly salary that had been raised to support his service. From that first one-room building to the current 22-acre campus with over 120,000 square feet of worship and educational facilities, Salem has been a dynamic presence in a dramatically changing community. As was written in the records of the 1840 meeting, “This church (Salem) recently constituted under very favorable circumstances though their number is small, yet the prospects of an increase are very flattering for the work of the Lord is progressing in the neighborhood.” Salem now celebrates its heritage every year on the fourth Sunday of October with an event we call Harvest Day.