Salem Lutheran Church

1700 W. War Memorial Drive, Peoria, IL.

Join Us! Sunday Services 8:00am and 10:45am
Sep 02
Council Meeting
Sep 06
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Church Picnic
Sep 07
Rally Sunday
Sep 16
Staff Meeting


Sermon Audio

Play Sermon Aug 17, 2014 - Pastor David Hofer
Play Sermon Aug 10, 2014 - Pastor Elise Rothfusz
Play Sermon Aug 04, 2014 - Jill Goldhammer
Play Sermon Jul 27, 2014 - Pastor Elise Rothfusz

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Welcome to Salem

We are the Salem family, growing people in Christ! It is our desire to follow our Lord more fully each day and offer others help in their faith journey as we grow together. Salem is a congregation where all ages have place and purpose. Our worship is "child friendly" with a Children's message each week. We hope you will take the time to look through our web site and visit us for Sunday worship. It is very important that everyone feel a sense of belonging, and we hope Salem may be that place for you.

News and Announcements

Pastoral Position Announcement

Salem is seeking a dynamic senior pastor to provide vibrant and meaningful worship to a 130 year old geographically diverse congregation with a mission to grow people in Christ.  Attributes of the congregation include financial stability, blessed musical talent and an active, committed, self-guided "core" group of lay members.  Peoria lies mid-way between Chicago and St. Louis and is the world headquarters location of Caterpillar, Inc.  This 2013 All-American City offers many amenities including affordable housing, outstanding medical facilities, a variety of cultural activities, professional sports teams, recreation (parks, zoo, musems), higher education opportunities and an international airport.  Interested individuals can seek further information by contacting Leo Vandervlugt, Chair of the Call Committee at and Rev. Ken Sandlin, Assistant to the Bishop, Central-Southern Illinois Synod at

Communications Position

Salem Lutheran Church is currently seeking a Drictor of Communications and Public Relations.  This position supports the pastors, staff and volunteers of Salem by editing, producing and distributing communication elements regarding Salem's mission and programs.  Communication is done in various channels, including print and electronic media, to Salem members and the community at large.  This is a part-time position requiring 25 hr/per week.  To inquire please contact Chris Cochran at or 309-208-5913.

Church Picnic

The annual church picnic sponsored by the Salem Churchmen will be Saturday, September 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Sommer Park in Peoria. We will have a short worship service at 11:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch. If you would like to bring a dessert, please do so in a disposable dish. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be lots of fun activities for children and adults including Barnyard Discoveries, face painting by the Zoo Lady, Fun on the Run attractions, BINGO, water balloon throwing contests, etc. There is no cost to attend the picnic, but free will donations will be accepted.

Vibrant Faith @ Home

Salem subscribes to Vibrant Faith @ Home, a ministry that supports families who are intentional about their faith and religious practice as they raise the next generation of committed Christians. It seeks to equip and empower households to : TALK with each other about their faith, PRAY together in ways that are comfortable and comforting, RITUALIZE their important moments, REACH OUT in service and support of others. More than 60 faith activities are published each season -- spring, summer, fall and winter.



Salem Lutheran Church
1700 W. War Memorial Drive
Peoria, IL. 61614-6752
(309) 688-9212

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