Our Story

We are a diverse, multi-generational community of imperfect people who serve an amazing God. From every age, background, and walk of life, we believe that we are better together.

History of Salem Church

1905

Norwegian Evangelical Free Church Mission began meeting in West Brighton. Services were in Norwegian.

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1908

Work began to build first church at 179-181 Clove Road

1925

Mortgage paid off

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1935

Name changed to Salem Evangelical Free Church

1941

English services began

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1953

Groundbreaking for present church building at 634 Clove Road

1961

Mortgage paid off on new building

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1999

Tom Maddox Memorial Gymnasium was built

2000

UTOPIA, Salem's community outreach ministry, was incorporated by New York State as a not-for-profit

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2003-2015

Pastor Eddie Cole

2015-Present

Pastor John Welborn

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Senior Pastor: John Welborn

"It has long been a dream of ours to preach the gospel, to make disciples, to plant churches, and make a difference in this great city."