Pastor John Ansell

The Reverend John Ansell was officially installed as our pastor on August 7th and we are so pleased to welcome him. 

Pastor John was born and raised in Minnesota- his hometown is Waconia.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota -Morris with majors in history and anthropology. He received his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and was ordained in August, 2016.

Pastor John was a U. S. Army Reservist as a chaplain assistant for 10 years and twice was deployed to Iraq. 

Pastor John’s gifts of pastoral care, community involvement, leadership, and Bible history and teaching will be exciting for Salem in the coming years. 

e-mail Pastor John at pastorjohn (at symbol)



If you have any questions about the church functions or where to find something or who to talk to, Beth will have the answer. Beth makes sure the church runs smoothly form compiling the monthly newsletter, making each week’s worship bulletin, keeping the church calendar in order and a whole lot more!  e-mail Beth at beth (at sign)

Beth Erdmann, Office Manager

Although Lisa plays piano and organ for us during worship services, the piano is her choice of instruments as she majored in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She also majored in Music Education-Vocal.  Lisa plays most band instruments as she has been a middle school band teacher.

Lise came to Salem for a job, but became a member because, “the congregation is open and loving and friendly.’  Lisa enjoys her position at Salem because she can play whatever she wants and she likes the kinds of music she gets to play. Lisa also has a vocal gift and sings with Salem’s vocal group, Joyful Noise.

You can e-mail Lisa at music (at sign)

Lisa Forsell, Music Director

Chris Swenson,  Contemporary Coordinator

 Custodian (In Process)

Church leadership at Salem consists of a council that is made of Salem members and the pastor.  The council is the focus group for the church.

The church leadership also consists of many committees and teams to get things done. Here is a list of our committees and teams.

Finance Committee

Worship and Music Committee

Witness and Service Committee

Property Committee

Nominating Committee

Memorial Committee

Audit Committee

Mutual Ministry

Evangelism Team

Sunday School

Faith Formation


Bible Camp

Vacation Bible School


Milestone Ministry

Stewardship Committee

Our Council