The ministries of Salem Baptist Church are dedicated to serving a variety of needs that exist in our community while building meaningful relationships with others on their journey to wholeness. You will discover incredible people, inspiration and support for your dream, along with valuable resources and information. No matter where you are in life, there is a ministry here for you.

Welcome to the Children’s Ministry of Salem

The mission of Children’s Church is to nurture children into a loving, personal relationship, serving Jesus Christ.

We strive to create a catalytic environment that encourages the child’s development physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, thereby transforming the child into becoming a witness for Christ.

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40, KJV)

For more information, please contact:
Kidz Connextion Children’s Ministry
(773) 371 – 2310

Welcome to the Salem Christian Educational Institute

The Salem Christian Educational Institute under the authority of God our Father, Pastor James T. Meeks, and Salem Baptist Church of Chicago offers the “Developing the Whole Person” concept.

This approach prepares God’s people to become effective Christians by preparing them to minister in their spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ.

For more information, please contact:
Christian Education Ministry
(773) 371-2319

Welcome to The Married Couples Ministry

The Married Couples Ministry serves God through serving other married couples. Whether you are newlyweds or a seasoned couple, the Married Couples Ministry serves as a compass towards God’s will for marriage. Learn how to have a joyful relationship that includes good communication, intimacy, financial security, and most of all – love.

  • Activities
  • Education
  • Ministry Development
  • Outreach
  • Premarital Instruction
  • Retreats

Directors: Thomas and Patrice Henderson

Welcome to Membership Development

The Salem Membership Department is a multi-functional component of care for the Salem Membership through:

  • New Members Assimilation as the first point of compassion and contact in the process to becoming fully acclimated as a member of Salem
  • Baptism – registration and baptismal certificates
  • Membership Orientation
  • New Members Class – registration, class scheduling, curriculum, instruction, and graduation
  • Discipleship Class – registration, class scheduling, curriculum, and instruction
  • Ministry involvement
  • Membership Data Entry – maintaining current and updated data on all Salem Members
  • Salem Contribution Statement Inquiry and Request

Membership Orientation:
Location: The House of Hope at Gate 4
Sunday – 9:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Michele Pullen Director of Membership

Welcome to the Music and Arts Ministry

The Music and Arts Ministry (MAAM) is a support entity to enhance all the ministries of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. From our worship service and church-wide productions to community and global outreach projects, we strive to bring the same high-caliber artistic excellence whenever we are called to serve. If you are an experienced professional in the Creative Arts and want to contribute your time and talents, please contact us. We’re always looking for qualified volunteers who truly enjoy their work and would love to serve.

  • Alpha Visual Arts
  • Armourbearers
  • Bells of Glory
  • Children Music and Arts
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Gideon 300
  • Golden Gospel
  • HOH Orchestra
  • Remnant Band
  • Rhema Drama
  • Salem Praise Team
  • Spirit of David
  • Spoken Word
  • Stage and Production
  • Student Music and Arts Ministry
  • TSDL (The Sons and Daughters of Levi)
  • Women of Worship
  • Young Adult Music and Arts

Minister Walter Owens – Director
For more information, please contact:
Music and Arts Ministry
(773) 371-2373

Welcome  to Church Operations

Through our First Impressions Teams (greeters, guest services, parking, security and ushers), our mission is to ensure guests and members have a warm and pleasant experience from their first point of contact with Salem to the last. “We are here to change the world!”

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12: 4-5

Our mission is to meet the demands of the Church Operations through our First Impressions Teams to ensure guests and members have a warm and pleasant experience from their first point of contact with Salem Baptist Church of Chicago to the last, ”We are here to change the world!

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalms 84:10

“Keepers of the Door!” Ushers are very visible, and represent Christ and the church through serving our guests and members to ensure they feel welcomed in preparation for praise, worship, and the Word of God. Ushers assist in the smooth operations of service and are prepared at all times to address any emergencies, disturbances, or any situation requiring special attention during worship service.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13

Greeters are the first smiling faces members and guests see as they enter into the church for Sunday Worship Service and Wednesday Bible Study. Greeters are warm, friendly and helpful. Greeters greet every person with a smile, and an enthusiastic Christian welcome! “Our welcome is intended to say “thank you” for fellowshipping with us.”

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5

The mission of the Alpha and Omega Parking Ministry is to glorify God by effectively managing our parking lots, compassionately serving the membership, and lovingly supporting our team members.

The Parking Ministry has the privilege of being the very first point of contact to welcome guests and members to the church! Our Parking Ministry ensures handicap and elderly guests and members have adequate parking space, direct the shuttle buses as they drop off from remote parking locations, and ensure emergency/fire lanes are never blocked.

For more information, please contact:
Church Operations
(773) 371 – 2310

Whether it’s serving the sick & shut in, feeding the hungry, providing for our seniors, offering bereavement support and support to the hurting, you are never alone and can count on Pastoral Care to be there during your time of need. Below is a list of the ministries we provide:

For more information, please contact:
Pastoral Care Ministry
773-371- 2333

Welcome to The Women of Influence Ministry

Our mission is to reach, teach, mentor and empower the women of our church and community, through the word of God. Our symbol is “the butterfly”.

Each component of our mission represents one of the wings of the butterfly. Collectively the 4 wings provide balance and beauty.
Reaching, Teaching, Empowering and Mentoring

First Lady Jamell Meeks,

For more information, please contact:
Women of Influence Ministry
(773) 371 – 2322

Young Adults at Salem fall between the ages of 22-35 years old. If you are a Young Adult and would like worship with other young professionals join us in section 116 every Sunday. Don’t Miss the Calendar of events on this page highlighting our Young Adult events for the remainder of the year.

For more information, please contact:
Young Adult Ministry

Welcome to the Impact Youth Ministry – 9th – 12th

“We IMPACT the people,Who IMPACT the world.” That’s the motto of the Youth Ministry as we minister and meet youth where they are with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and technology is the way. Our scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12; ‘Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.’ This is exactly what we plan to do. Impact is geared toward high school students to show them that they can serve the Lord right now; because they are not generation Next – they are generation NOW!