About Us


OUR HISTORY



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.

Up until 1968, Salem Church was a member of the Eastern Conference, and was known as the Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church.

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.

God has opened our eyes to many new ministries these past few years and we look with enthusiasm as to where God will take us next.”

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2015

After much prayer we transitioned the 170 year old church into a new effort called The Church – A gate to God. We now have a missional emphasis using hiking, biking and various outdoors means to reach, teach, and love people with the love of Christ.




CORE VALUES



OUR MISSION

The mission of the church is to glorify God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked.

OUR VISION

There is one God, who exists eternally in a fellowship of three distinct and equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are unchangeable in their holiness, justice, wisdom and love.



OUR STAFF


Nanette Deryer

Associate Pastor

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Andy Lennox

Men Ministry

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Anita Chivers

Women Ministry

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John Doe

Leader Pastor

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MEMBERS OPINION


I was lost in darkness, no hope in my heart and no reason to keep on. Here I found light and purpose. Thanks to God.

Testimonial John Smith
John Smith
Men Ministry Member

Thank you my second and great family. I was not sure to join in but eveything was so friendly and still is.

Testimonial Sara Kelly
Sara Kelly
Small Group Member