Transition At Salem

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord…




The Transition 

Salem is going through a change, like we have been off and on for the nearly 100 hundred years that we have been a congregation. We are in the beginning stages of seeking a new pastor. Our interim pastor, Reverend Loren Anderson-Bauer,  is leading our congregation through this interim period between full-time pastors.  One of the first major steps he has taken is to assemble a transition team comprised of Salem member of different backgrounds and generations. 

Responsibilities of the Transition Team are: 

  • Assist the interim pastor in oversight of the transition period at Salem. Become familiar with the dynamics and goals of the transition period. Meet with the interim pastor to consult regarding issues that arise during the interim  period. 
  • Identify specific issues to be addressed and tasks to be completed during the interim period and self-evaluation process. 
  • Report to the council and the congregation regularly on the progress of the transition. Make a final report to the council and congregation. 
  • Advise the council as to when a Call Committee should be appointed. Meet with the Call Committee at their request to assist in preparing the Ministry Site  Profile for the congregation.  


  • Transition Team members:
  • Laurie Swor
  • Howard Simula
  • David Pipho
  • Dave Johnson
  • Darlene Haedrich
  • Lisa Forsell
  • Carol Christenson


This page will keep you updated on the progress of calling our new pastor to Salem. Your prayers for guidance are appreciated!

“Our mission is to pass on the faith by involving all member of our community in Christ’s ministry.”



  • We are a welcoming church.
  • We are a mission church.
  • We care for our community.
  • We are a family.



Transition Team members spent much of the summer reaching out to Salem members with specific questions to delve into your thoughts about Salem’s strengths and ideas about our future. Thank you to all who participated with our team- your insight and comments have been most appreciated!

The team’s next steps are to use the the information gathered to report strengths and priorities that can be used for the call committee in reaching out for our next pastor. 

The Transition Team has completed their task. Their final report has been completed  and passed to the call committee. 

The Next Steps- The Call Committee

The Transition Team is now disbanded and the Call Committee has taken over the the next step in the call process.

  • The first step for the call committee is to prepare Salem’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The committee has been meeting weekly and hopes to have it completed by mid December.
  • The completed MSP will be submitted to the NE MN ELCA Synod Office.
  • Eventually the Call Committee will be given candidates seeking our pastoral position.
  • The Call Committee is responsible for for reviewing the candidates for Salem’s next pastor. 

Here are the members of the Call Committee: 

  • Christy Jaros- Chair
  • Carol Christenson- Co-chair
  • Maria Karon
  • Myrna Johnson
  • Frank Dusek
  • Simon Erdmann

Salem Lutheran Church

Established 1924

Change is nothing new to Salem. From our humble beginnings with worship in homes, to our first chapel being burned, building two new churches and to adding to our current building. We have also had fourteen different full-time pastors.