First Presbyterian Church of Salem
436 E 2nd St • Salem, OH 44460

   of Salem


As we distance ourselves physically, know we are together spiritually!

At First Presbyterian Church of Salem, “our” ministry really is “our” ministry! Presbyterians believe that no one person has all the knowledge or skills that are needed to serve Jesus Christ in the way we want to serve him. We believe that we make the best decisions when we make them in conversation with one another. In fact, we believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to us most clearly as we listen to each others’ viewpoints.

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We have been connecting people to the heart of God since YEAR FOUNDED. Our goal is to inspire you through the holiness of our dwelling and prayer services. Become a part of our growing congregation in Salem.
There’s a lot going on in our busy church and we know it can be tricky to navigate the first time you come here. Feel free to get in touch to find out more and to discover how to make the most of your initial visit for you and your family. We can’t wait to meet you.


Pastor David Houdeschell

At the Heart of Everything We Do
At YOUR BUSINESS NAME, we pursue the Glory of God through worship, ministry, giving and education. We strive to connect with Jesus Christ and to each other, in order to magnify His name. At the heart of everything we do is the understanding that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, and to treat our neighbors as we wish to be treated ourselves.



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As we distance ourselves physically, 

know we are together spiritually!

• ZOOM Prayer Meeting

FPC Salem is continuing our Zoom prayer meetings. They will take place every Wed. at 7:00 p.m.

• RUN-WALK Devotional 

Enjoy an exciting new way to add a bit of exercise and devotion together! Join together on Sunday's @ 8:30 am in the church parking lot as we walk and look for new ways God may reveal himself around us.

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First Presbyterian Church

of Salem

436 East 2nd Street

Salem, OH 44460-2816


PASTER David Houdeschell




Note: the pastor's and other church offices are not accessible to anyone.

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On behalf of Session...

The Interim Ministry Committee is pleased to introduce Rev. David E. Houdeschell, OSL, as our new Interim Pastor on January 1st. Rev. Houdeschell was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1976 and has over forty years of ministry experience. 

Rev. Houdeschell began his ministry as an Army Chaplain at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served in various chaplain positions both overseas and within the U.S. He served our country as an Army Chaplain for seventeen years.

After the Army, Rev. Houdeschell served as an educator and trainer for the Department of the Navy for another five years. Rev. Houdeschell returned to Ohio to be the Director of Pastoral Care at Alliance Hospital from 2000-2003. He has served as an Interim Minister with churches in Leetonia and Massillon, Ohio.

In 2013, Rev. Houdeschell transferred his ordination to the United Church of Christ as he began a called ministry position with St. John United Church of Christ in Bolivar, OH for five years. He is now coming to Salem, Ohio to lead us in our ongoing transition. 


Newly Elected Officers and Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC)

• Elders, Class of 2023 •
Paul Fennema, Ryan Gillis,
Carol Ricciardi, Margaret Winch


• Elders, Class of 2021 •
Lu Ann Cole, Marilyn Ward


• Deacons, Class of 2023  •

Kathie Baker, Susan Merry,

Mike Newman, Gail Tetlow


• Deacon, Class of 2021 •

Teri Lou Pike


• Pastor Nominating Committee •

Brenda Bradley, Ken Double, Paul Fennema,

Kirk Hofmeister, Ruth Newman,

Gloria Shafer, Sue Skiba