The mission of the church is to glorify God by making disciples through sharing with others the Good News of Jesus Christ. Everyone everywhere can be changed by receiving the grace of God in Jesus Christ, by admitting their faults and failings, having faith that God will make them whole in love. It is the will and mission of God that all people might be restored in relation to the divine. God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked. And, working God’s mission has eternal benefits.
Each person is called to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples, this requires being discipled by a mature disciple of Jesus Christ that they might be approved in knowing the Good News of Jesus Christ. To do this, Jesus called a small group of disciples together that he might teach them to follow his ways, and called them to accountability between themselves when he acended to heaven. Today, we are called out of the world to learn about the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so that we might know how to be made whole in love through the Holy Spirit working in us. By partnering with the Holy Spirit, alongside mature disciples of Jesus Christ learning how to love God and others more fully, disciples grow in likeness to Jesus Christ, the only pure image of God.
HISTORY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.
But Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1736 when John and Charles Wesley came to the New World to spread the movement they began as students in England. United Methodists share a historic connection to other Methodist and Wesleyan bodies.
HISTORY OF SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Five years before Salem Church came into existence, Bishop John Seybert, the first Bishop of the Evangelical Church passed through the village of Springtown, stopping at the home of Mr. Henry Funk, where a preaching place was found. Rev. Solomon Altemos and Rev. Jacob Riegel became the first preachers.
They preached in the school house in 1837 and visited in the home of Mr. Jacob Kooker; Rev. Hummel, a missionary, preached several times. The work increased, the challenge continued, and the people were converted to God.
In the year 1841, Salem was a part of the Lehigh Circuit, Rev. Michael Maize was the pastor, God honored his preaching, and the work prospered. The first congregation was organized in the home of Mr. Joseph Clemens, near the Tannery. The church was razed and a new building, our present church was erected in 1868.
In 1942, while Rev. Francis Fletcher was pastor, the church had an extensive improvement program. During the pastorate of Rev. Denton Spencer, the church received an inheritance from the Gehman Estate, this along with other memorials and contributions, was used for the present renovations.
On April 21, 1968 we became the Salem United Methodist Church. Salem, for many years was part of a circuit sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In June of 1997, they became a single part time appointment, separating themselves from Hellertown circuit. During the next two years the church worked at moving into fulltime ministry. God’s hand was upon Salem Church and in August of 1999 they became a fulltime appointment.