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Who We Are

Who We Are

Our Christ-centered history in Owosso

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church was incorporated in 1869. Our congregation has been served by over twenty pastors throughout its history. Our current pastor, Pastor James Bare, has been serving us since 1998.

Salem Lutheran School was opened in 1894. Hundreds of Christian children have been educated by our dedicated staff of Lutheran school teachers. We currently staff our school with five experienced Christian educators.

We offer three opportunities to gather to be served by Jesus Christ with His Word and Sacraments — Thursday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

We are the home of the Owosso Lutheran Hour, broadcasting the Gospel to mid-Michigan, on Z92.5 FM from 10 to 11 every Sunday morning. The Owosso Lutheran Hour broadcasts our 8 a.m. service for that Sunday two hours later at 10 a.m.

We belong to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, founded in 1850. Our church body is comprised of about 400,000 souls. The purpose of our synod is to train future pastors, teachers, and missionaries; to support missionaries in our domestic and foreign mission fields; and to publish Christian literature based on the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions.

Our Evangelical Lutheran proclamation

The purpose of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to administer His Sacraments faithfully and regularly. “For through the Word and the Sacraments... the Holy Spirit is given, and the Holy Spirit produces faith, where and when it pleases God, in those who hear the Gospel. That is to say, it is not on account of our own merits but on account of Christ that God justifies [declared not guilty] those who believe that they are received in favor for Christ's sake." 

We invite you to come and hear how Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has saved you with His perfect life on earth, innocent death on the cross, and glorious resurrection from the dead.

We confess that we are saved by Jesus Christ alone, not by any other means. We confess that we are saved by faith in Christ alone, not by our good works. We confess that we are saved by grace alone, not by our merit. We confess that we are saved by Scripture alone, not by our feelings or human reason or church traditions.

Our God-given confession of faith

Salem is an evangelical Lutheran congregation. To be evangelical is to be centered in full and free Gospel news about our Lord Jesus Christ’s completed work of salvation.

Salem confesses the divine truth and mystery of the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three Persons in one God.