ABOUT US

At Salem, it is our desire to see the lives of people transformed into totally devoted followers of Christ.  On this journey together, we seek to understand and walk  the abundant life Christ promises. We invite you to participate fully in the life of following Christ with us at Salem. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring who Christ is, are new in Christ or have been His follower for years. There is a place for you at Salem where we can all experience these pathways together. 

Here at Salem we prioritize the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's Word the Bible, spiritual growth, and loving and reaching our community with the good news of the gospel.

​Salem is a place for everyone. Whether you’re wanting to learn more about who God is, or looking for a church that has a firm grip on His Word, you are welcome here. You’ll see families, singles, all ages and stages. You’ll see bikers, bankers, tattoos and traditional folks. And when you come, you’ll see God shows up too.

OUR VISION

To see people transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ by
Celebrating the Word, serving families, sharing lives, reaching the community

WHAT WE DO

Here at Salem we prioritize the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's Word the Bible, spiritual growth, and loving and reaching our community with the good news of the gospel.

OUR COMMUNITY

Living in the north woods of Wisconsin, we encounter all kinds of paths. We have simply used this analogy of a pathway to describe how we can walk life's journey of faith together, growing deeper in our relationship with God, ourself, and others. 

SOME COMMON QUESTIONS

What are you like?

We are a contemporary church with a comfortable feel. Our music is upbeat, our messages Bible-centered and relevant to real life, and our ministries to children and youth fun and Christ-centered.

What if I have kids?

During the message portion of our service, we offer children's programs for your kids age 2 through 5th grade.  Your children are also welcome to stay in the service with you if you would like.  We have nursery service available for your infant-2 year old as well.
Our Sunday School program begins at 8:45 on Sunday mornings.

What should I wear?

Casual dress is very appropriate at Salem. You will see everything from sport coats to golf shirts.

What should I bring?

If you have a Bible, bring it. If not, no problem. We have some extras that we would be happy to lend you.

What happens during the worship service?

Generally speaking, our service begins with contemporary worship, led by a band. Most people stand during this time, however, there is complete freedom to be seated if you prefer. The words of all of the songs are projected onto a screen, and you can either sing along or just sit back and enjoy the music. You'll probably hear songs you can relate to even if you haven't been to church in years. 

During the announcement part of the service, we would like for you to fill out a connection card that allows us to get to know you a bit. You can request information, ask for prayer, let us know your thoughts, or just indicate your presence with us. You won’t be asked to stand or raise your hand (or anything else embarrassing) just because you’re new. 

After our time of worship, Pastor Rod will encourage and challenge you with a practical message from the Bible. You’ll be able to easily follow along with a simple outline provided in your bulletin, so that what you learn on Sunday, you'll be able to use and apply during the week.

Then, like most churches we take an offering. If you’re a guest – relax! The service is on us and there’s no obligation at all on your part. Just pass the offering plate on down the row.

Finally - we close with another worship song that often times ties directly into the message so you can reflect on what you just hear

How long does the service last?

The service lasts approximatley 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What if I still have questions?

Please feel free to contact us!

Our Statement of Faith

1)   We believe the Bible is the Word of God,fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Peter 1:21)


2) We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the son, Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every Divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Matt. 3:16)


3) We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answer prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-4)


4) We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in Hisvirgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and visible return to earth.(Matt. 1:23;    I Cor. 15:1-4)

5) We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We  believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher  and guide. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9,14,16,27)

6) We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We  believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are in a new life from God through  the Holy Spirit. (John 1: 12-13; Romans 10:8-13)

7) We believe in the universal church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated  persons are members. We believe in the local autonomous church consisting of a companyof believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated for worship, work and fellowship.   We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel  of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Matt. 16:16, 18)

8) We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

9) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper.We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Suppers was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death, and that each participant be exhorted to examine himself to determine whether to take part or to exclude himself on the basis of the teaching of I Cor. 11:23. We believe that these ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

10) We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all  matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference of any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

11) We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one an other in a  denominational organization.Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and  functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at  any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

12) We believe in the imminent, personal, and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment  of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal bliss of the  righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Meet The Team

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Rod Larson

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Cheryl Richardson

What's my role? I am the primary teaching pastor at Salem.  In addition I give leadership to our church, cast vision, and oversee its staff.
 

Spouse: Joanne


Children: Travis (and Shanna), Justin (and Christian Ann), Brittany (and Levi), Cody (and Lydia)

​What's your favorite dessert?  Blueberry cheesecake


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation?  Ireland, New Zealand, Fiji Islands


Read any good books lately?  The Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns


What do you like to do in your "down time"? Hunting and fishing


What's the most favorite part of your job? Helping people be better equipped for the work of ministry.


Who are you in Christ? Complete (Colossians 1:28; 2:10)


E-mail: rlarson@salem-church.org  

What's my role? I oversee the office operations and am the administrative assistant for Salem.


Spouse: Glenn

What's your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation? Hawaii


Read any good books lately? Kisses From Katie


What do you like to do in your "down time"? Visit grandkids, quilt, watch a movie


What's the most favorite part of your job? When I'm able to help someone


Who are you in Christ? I am forgiven, accepted, and loved


E-mail: cheryl@salem-church.org 

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Joe Mousseau

What's my role? I oversee the Sunday morning worship ministry of Salem.  My main role is outside of Salem as the director of the Baynet Youth Ministry.


Spouse: Wendy
Children: Katelyn, Michael

What's your favorite dessert? Pizza


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation? The space station


Read any good books lately? Thomas & Friends-Misty Island Rescue (a book I read to my kids)


What do you like to do in your "down time"? According to my wife, I don't have down time.


What's the most favorite part of your job? My job!


Who are you in Christ? A new creation who lives life to the full.


E-mail: jmmousse@hotmail.com 

Meet The Team

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Rod Larson

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Cheryl Richardson

What's my role? I am the primary teaching pastor at Salem.  In addition I give leadership to our church, cast vision, and oversee its staff.
 

Spouse: Joanne


Children: Travis (and Shanna), Justin (and Christian Ann), Brittany (and Levi), Cody (and Lydia)

​What's your favorite dessert?  Blueberry cheesecake


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation?  Ireland, New Zealand, Fiji Islands


Read any good books lately?  The Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns


What do you like to do in your "down time"? Hunting and fishing


What's the most favorite part of your job? Helping people be better equipped for the work of ministry.


Who are you in Christ? Complete (Colossians 1:28; 2:10)


E-mail: rlarson@salem-church.org  

What's my role? I oversee the office operations and am the administrative assistant for Salem.


Spouse: Glenn

What's your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation? Hawaii


Read any good books lately? Kisses From Katie


What do you like to do in your "down time"? Visit grandkids, quilt, watch a movie


What's the most favorite part of your job? When I'm able to help someone


Who are you in Christ? I am forgiven, accepted, and loved


E-mail: cheryl@salem-church.org 

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Joe Mousseau

What's my role? I oversee the Sunday morning worship ministry of Salem.  My main role is outside of Salem as the director of the Baynet Youth Ministry.


Spouse: Wendy
Children: Katelyn, Michael

What's your favorite dessert? Pizza


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation? The space station


Read any good books lately? Thomas & Friends-Misty Island Rescue (a book I read to my kids)


What do you like to do in your "down time"? According to my wife, I don't have down time.


What's the most favorite part of your job? My job!


Who are you in Christ? A new creation who lives life to the full.


E-mail: jmmousse@hotmail.com 

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What's your favorite dessert? Chocolate chip cookies


Where would you like to go on an all-expenses paid vacation? a cabin on a lake


Read any good books lately? No!


What do you like to do in your "down time"? Sit in my recliner, watch TV & take a nap!


What's the most favorite part of your job? Working with people.


Who are you in Christ? A faithful servant.

Joanie Branch

Our History

In the early 1880’s, Swedish missionaries conducted a preaching mission in northern Wisconsin. On July 8, 1883, a Swedish Baptist Church was organized in Ashland. A disagreement in the church led to a split.  A meeting was called for mutual confession and  forgiveness. It was agreed to  dissolve both congregations and start anew. On December 14, 1890, Salem Baptist Church was born with 45 members. Salem means “shalom” or peace.

From 1893-1908 Salem fostered 7 sister churches. Sunday School was conducted in various homes in the 1880’s. From 1945-1953, the Sunday School branched out into several rural areas using the one-room school houses to meet in. In 1953, a bus/auto ministry began to bring adults & children from these outlying areas to Salem. An education wing was built in 1951 to accommodate the increased numbers.

With much discernment and prayer, a property at 1616 Beaser Avenue was purchased and in 1982, Salem moved into it’s newly constructed facility.  Reflecting on this time, one member shared that  “one of the greatest things to happen during the building was the oneness of spirit---getting to know each other, working together and sensing God’s presence and leading.”

Throughout the 80's, 90's, and 2000's God continued to use Salem in multiple, diverse ways to reach the Chequamegon Bay region.  The focus of the church during these 3+ decades has been on families and particularly children while still celebrating those in later seasons of their lives and anyone else wanting to consider following Christ or desiring to move forward on their spiritual pathway.  One particular highlight during this season was Salem partnering with Baynet, the Bay Area Youth Network, to minister to teenagers of the Bay area.

Also during this season Salem became even more intentional about outreach into our community and beyond.  Through ministries like the Brick (a regional food pantry), Crossroads Outreach Center (both ministries that are now independent but were birthed out of Salem) and several other ministries addressing various other needs and opportunities in the Ashland area, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been and is being lived out in both word and deed.

On October 31st, 2015, an arsonist set fire to the 1982 building, completely destroying it and launching Salem into a new season.  Unwavered, Salem remains committed to spreading the gospel message to the Northwoods of Wisconsin and to the very ends of the earth.  Sometime in 2016 ground will be broken on a new facility and in the meantime Salem continues to focus on God's Kingdom plan.

Salem is affiliated with Converge Worldwide and is part of the Converge Great Lakes Conference of approximately 110 churches.

Salem Church Elders

  • Andy Goyke - 715-682-2081

  • Jason Holmes - 715-812-1038

  • Levi Illick - 715-209-1174

  • Cory Larson - 715-209-7612

  • Jack Martinsen - 715-682-4038

  • Steve Pierce - 715-682-5891

  • Steve Sandberg - 715-373-5422