Bible study: Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. These classes are for all ages. The subjects for each class will be different each quarter, and are taught by different members of the congregation.
Small Groups: First and third Sundays. These smaller groups meet in homes of the members and discuss bible topics in a more personal way.
Benevolence: We try to help meet the needs of our community through providing monetary assistance as needed (electric, gas, etc.) as well as providing a stocked food pantry.
Ministries within our Church family: Members individually participate in singing at local nursing homes, writing cards, foreign and domestic short term mission trips, being door greeters, preparing communion, maintaining our message sign, ground maintenance, etc. All members are encouraged to be a part of these ministries.
Bible classes for all ages Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.
J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) class for ages three through second grade. This class is offered during the sermon portion of our Sunday morning assembly.
Yearly Vacation Bible School. This normally takes place in mid July.
“Care & Share”: This gathering takes place each Wednesday evening. Teens enjoy a meal together, and a time of fellowship and learning.
Bible classes Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.
Monthly youth activity: Each month members of the congregation plan a special activity/gathering.
Our teens also participate in annual youth rallies, caroling for shut-ins, lock-ins, mission trips, etc.
Rick has been the minister at the Salem Church of Christ since 2003. He and his wife, Theresa, grew up in southern Missouri not far from here. He is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson Tennessee. His wife is a teacher in the public school here in town. They have two children Zachary and Kendra. Both children are grown and have families of their own now. Zach is a youth minister in St. Louis and Kendra works as a counselor in Springdale Arkansas.
Otis Brown is our Visitation Minister and visits about 80 people a week at the Salem Care Center, Seville Nursing Center, Salem Residential Care, and the Long-Term Care Unit of Salem Memorial Hospital. He, also, checks on the status of many who are ill through either phone calls or visits.
In his 90’s and still going strong, Otis has preached the gospel for Missouri Churches of Christ at Winona, Ellington, Jadwin, Salem, Edgar Springs, and Gospel Chapel outside of Licking. He also preached for two congregations in Arkansas.
Otis was born September 24, 1925. He married his now deceased wife, Lola, on November 1, 1946, and was baptized into Christ in 1957. This faithful Christian couple was blessed with four children: Lois (deceased), Donna, Earl and Mona. Otis currently has five grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
He particularly enjoys providing encouragement and comfort to elderly or sick folks who are having a bad day or need some cheer. Having assembled with, and ministered to, many congregations through his long life, Otis likes the fact that people of many different age groups are part of our congregation, and believes the congregation has both good leaders and good workers.
Otis’ favorite passage in the Bible is John 14:1-6 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Dennis Crocker became a shepherd (elder) of the Salem Church of Christ in 1998. His grandfather and father also served as shepherds of the congregation.Dennis has been a member of this congregation since 1958.
Dennis married Darlene Schafer on July 19, 1975 in the current church building. They were blessed with three children. Hannah and ReVay currently live in the St. Louis area and Cory lives near Salem. Dennis and Darlene have five grandchildren.
Dennis loves the church family. He feels that the work of the Shepherd is to love and care for the family in living as a example before them. He feels that we must be concern about the lost souls and must try to help them come to Christ. The Shepherds need to encourage every member to grow and to provide as much as possible the opportunity to do so.
Randy Grauf obeyed the gospel as a teenager in Jadwin, Missouri. Randy has been a member of the Salem Church of Christ since 1998. Randy became a shepherd of the family of God at Salem Church of Christ in 2003.
Randy married Kathy Lough on June 9,1973 at the Jadwin Church of Christ in Jadwin, Missouri. Randy has two children, Chris and Kimberly. Randy and Kathy have 5 grandchildren (Holly, Lily, Brenna, Weston and Jackson).
Randy believes that one of the most important things that a Shepherd does is to be an example to the family at the Salem Church of Christ. He believes in teaching and not just commanding. He believes that it is important to listen and be connected to the family of God. He believes that a true leader in the church is more of a shepherd not a CEO. He looks to the Great Shepherd, Jesus as an example as he cares for the congregation. Randy hopes to do something or say something that will help someone have a better journey in life.
Randy enjoys being a part of Christians who is so accepting and loving. He enjoys meeting with the Church every opportunity that he has. He is very involved with teaching bible classes.
One of Randy’s favorite person in the bible is Noah. He feels that there is a lot of neat things revealed about Noah’s faith and willingness to obey. His favorite passage of the bible is found in 1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”.
Rick Prugh and his wife Donna have been a part of the Salem Church of Christ family since 1971.
Rick served as a deacon for about 20 years before becoming an elder in 2007 to work with the other shepherds to lead the congregation. Rick prefers to think of his role as a “servant leader.”
Teaching adult Bible classes is one of his passions. He, also, serves as one of the congregation’s song leaders. During his time with the church, Rick has led many groups of young people on mission trips into Mexico to help construct buildings for churches and participated in many short-term Christian missions in various Central American countries. He, also, served over ten years as the congregation’s volunteer youth group director.
Donna and Rick were married on May 19, 1979 at the Salem Church of Christ. Donna has constantly been by his side, supporting and working with him in mission activities, church service, Christian encouragement, and raising their family. Their two boys, Nathan and Ryan, are married and live in Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their two granddaughters are a constant source of joy.
Matt Fleener obeyed the gospel and was baptized into Christ in 1993. He and his family became a part of our congregation in 2009, with Matt accepting the position as a deacon in 2011.
Matt regards this position as one of being a servant rather than one of authority, and believes his role is important to free our shepherds to focus on the spiritual needs of our church family.
Matt enjoys helping others and using his talents, with his primary responsibilities involving youth ministry and assisting others with maintaining our building and grounds.
He and his wife Jennifer consistently think of new ways to serve the congregation and enhance community awareness about our church family. Matt and Jennifer were married in _____ and their children are Dillon, Braiden, and Molly.
Matt enjoys the fellowship at Salem Church of Christ. He believes our church family is very loving and caring and that we extend God’s love to others in the community and visitors. His favorite Bible passage is the story of Balaam found in Numbers 22.
Dallas Hollenbeck and his wife Shirley have worked with our church family for over 20 years. They were members of the congregation from 1968 to 1979 and returned in 2007 before Dallas was named as a deacon in 2010. While Dallas has been active by serving in various capacities, he currently manages the congregation’s budget and finances. He, also, assists the other deacons in maintaining our buildings and grounds.
Dallas enjoys serving as a deacon because it allows him to serve our church family, which he loves, while allowing our elders to focus on the spiritual needs of this congregation in the body of Christ. Dallas enjoys being a part of our church family that he believes has good leaders and people willing to help with any work that needs to be done.
Dallas was baptized into Christ in 1955. He and Shirley have been married since _____, and share their home with their son Billy. This long-time servant of the Lord says his favorite verse in the Bible is II Timothy 2:15, which says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Dean Jones and his family became members of our church family in 2005, and he began serving as a Deacon in 2010.
Dean feels a deep responsibility to serve God and his church family by using his talents and skills in any way possible.
Dean uses strong talents in engineering, electrical wiring, plumbing, and construction in his role of supervising the maintenance of the congregation’s building, grounds, and church van. Of course, with his strong attitude of service, he helps in any other areas where needed.
Dean has been married to Karen since ____ and they have two children, Martin and Katherine. He says his family enjoys the fellowship of a church family that he considers to be kind and caring.
Dean’s favorite verse is Colossians 3:15, which states, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Wade Jadwin became a baptized believer of Jesus Christ in 1981 and a member of the Salem Church of Christ in 1994. He has been serving as one of our deacons for about 20 years. In that role, Wade has managed our community benevolence ministry and our budget and finances. Currently, he is enjoying his important role in helping maintain our buildings and grounds.
Wade married his wife, Susan, in 1988. Their daughter, Hannah, is pursuing her Education degree at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Wade says they enjoy the family atmosphere of this congregation where people work well together and do not judge others.
Wade’s favorite Bible passage is 1 Timothy 1:12-17. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
The Salem Church of Christ will be known for our love in serving God and his son, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. That love will be evident in our relationships, our service, and our teaching.
SOUTH AFRICA- REACHING AND TEACHING SOUTH AFRICA MINISTERIES
CONTACT JEFF & PATRICK KEENE
Jeff and Patrick are bothers and they grew up in Africa. Patrick still lives there and Jeff is in the United States but goes back there and helps his brother with the work. Their main focus is training local men to become Preachers of the Gospel. They began by studying the Bible and public speaking. Once they finish the courses, a church is establish and they become the preacher. They do not receive support so they must work at jobs. Patrick and Jeff help the communities with support to build structures for a meeting place where the Church can meet. Somethings the meeting place is under a tree. They also help distribute food and needed supplies in the communities in South Africa. The Salem Church of Christ supports this mission with a monthly contribution.
SOUTH AFRICA- REACHING AND TEACHING SOUTH AFRICA MINISTERIES
CONTACT JEFF & PATRICK KEENE
Jeff and Patrick are bothers and they grew up in Africa. Patrick still lives there and Jeff is in the United States but goes back there and helps his brother with the work. Their main focus is training local men to become Preachers of the Gospel. They began by studying the Bible and public speaking. Once they finish the courses, a church is establish and they become the preacher. They do not receive support so they must work at jobs. Patrick and Jeff help the communities with support to build structures for a meeting place where the Church can meet. Somethings the meeting place is under a tree. They also help distribute food and needed supplies in the communities in South Africa. The Salem Church of Christ supports this mission with a monthly contribution.G
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