OUR HISTORY

SIGNIFICANT DATES IN
SALEM'S HISTORY
PASTORS OF
SALEM

1866 - First land bought by congregation

1869 - Congregation organized as "German United Evangelical Salem Congregation"

1870 - First parsonage built

1871 - Sunday School organized

1875 - First cemetery land purchased (Nickel Plate)

1876 - St. John's dissolves with Salem

1879 - First bell purchased

1884 - Present church lot purchased

1885 - First organ purchased

1886 - Second parsonage built

1889 - Ladies' Aid "Frauen Verin" organized

1891 - Present cemetery land purchased

1895 - Red Brick Church built

1906 - Kitchen and dining room addition on west end of church

1906 - First Harvest Festival

1919 - Electric lights installed in sancutary

1923 - Women's Guild "Missionary Society" organized

1927 - Paintings added to front of sanctuary 

1934 - Merger with Reformed Church (now Evangelical and Reformed)

1943 - Fellowship Class organized

1944 - Youth Fellowship organized

1950 - Moller pipe organ installed

1952 - Men's Brotherhood organized

1956 - Harvest Home began again after 30 years

1957 - E & R Church merged to become United Church of Christ

1960 - Memorial Hall addition

1971 - Thur parsonage built

1978 - Christian Education Board organized

1979 - Bell Choir organized

1994 - 125th Anniversary celebration

1995 - 100th Anniversary of Red Brick Church

1995 - Church redecorated

2019 - 150th Anniversary of Salem Congregation

1869-1870     Carl Schaub

1870-1872     J. Lindenmeyer

1873-1875     Caspar Nussbaum

1875-1886     Jul Grunert

1886-1890     Philip Werheim

1891-1899     William Schulz

1899-1905     C. D. Kiefel

1905-1911     John Bollens

1911-1917     William Howe

1917-1919     John Krause

1919-1921     G Ronte

1921-1922     George DuVal

1923-1935     John Schaible

1935-1942     Karl H.A. Rest

1942-1949     Melvin Miller

1950-1964     Edwin F. Mayer

1965-1969     Carl A. Renter

1970-1982     William J. Bertsch

1983-1988     Robert A. Anderson

1989-1992     Marvin E. Schrolucke

1993-1998     James R. Mitchell

1999-2007     Craig Forwalter

2009-2015     Carol J. Nordstrom

2016-2019     Victoria S. Ubben

2020-Present  Jeffrey Coester

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