500 Turner Road ~ Salem, VA   24153
Join us Easter Sunday at 10:30 am



Worship, Nurture, Mission

Our focus can be summed up in three words…
Worship, Nurture, and Mission 
We long to worship God as He is revealed in the Word of God, the Bible.  We do that by exalting and honoring Jesus Christ as the only Savior and rightful Lord of sinful men and women like us. We seek to live in a way that is obedient and pleasing to God and testifies, both in word and action, to His greatness and glory.  That’s Worship.  We also desire to life out lives together in community, exhorting and encouraging one another to growing faith in Christ and obedience to the Word of God, making our lives with one another, caring for and loving one another in the same way that God has loved us. That’s Nurture.  Last, we want everyone to know about the love of God in Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life that can only be had through faith in Him as Savior and Lord.  So, for that reason we are open and committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our family, our friends, our community, and the world.

That’s our Mission


You will be greeted by friendly members as you enter the large foyer area of the Worship Center.  You can find information about the church, missions, upcoming events, etc. at the Welcome Center.  The foyer is also an area of fellowship prior to service starting.  If you have children or youth, ushers will direct you in the right direction.


Pastor Nick preaches from the English Standard Version (ESV).   If you do not have a Bible or forget yours, no worries,  we have plenty in the pews for you to use.




Pastor Nick does not preach topical sermons but Biblical, verse by verse sermons through a specific book of the Bible. We are currently going through the book of John. You will find his sermons to be very gospel driven. In closing each week, he offers a time of commitment for those who would like to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and respond to the sermon. If you need special prayer, this is a time you can come forward for that as well. The closing of the service will be with a final worship song. We believe it is important to dig deep into the truths of God’s Word and that takes time. Normally, we are in church from 10:30 until about 12:30. We are in no hurry on Sunday mornings.


You will find the music more on the contemporary side with some traditional hymns in the mix as well.  The worship music is VERY deliberate with strong Biblical content.  Each piece of music is selected with the sermon topic in mind to prepare us for the sermon. Worshiping Jesus through music is an important part of our Sunday morning worship service. We are blessed to have a talented band, praise team and a choir to lead our church in heart-felt singing each week.    We strive to close the gap between the people up front and the congregation so that we all, with one heart and one voice, together offer worship to the only One that is worthy – God Himself.


Giving is a vital part of worship, so toward the end of our singing you are encouraged to bring your gifts to the Lord to the altar.  Ushers will also be accepting gifts for those who may have a hard time walking to the front.  During this time, our worship leaders, choir and band come down from the stage to sit with families and friends for the sermon.


Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade go to worship service with their parents. We believe that family worship in these young years is foundational to the spiritual growth of our children.  Crayons and children’s bulletins that relate to the sermon passage are available on the children’s table in the foyer.  During the worship service we provide childcare for babies through preschoolers.  An usher or other church member can help direct you to these rooms.


We partake in the Lord’s Supper generally the last Sunday of every month.  The elements (bread & grape juice) are distributed one at a time, row by row.  Hold onto your elements and we will take them together as Pastor Nick directs us.
Note:  These elements that represent our Savior’s death on the cross are not to be taken lightly.  ONLY those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior should participate.


You will find most adults in business casual type attire, however, you will also see people in suits, dresses, jeans and shorts.  Wear what makes you feel comfortable.  You don’t have to go buy clothes to worship with us, God is most concerned with your soul and so are we.


As you drive up, the front parking lot will probably be pretty empty, that is because the new worship center entrance is in the back, so please drive to the back of the building.   There are plenty of parking spaces in the back with handicap spots available as well. 


For directions and/or a map, click HERE
We feel it is extremely important that you know and understand what we believe and why we believe it.  We have no hidden agenda here at WSBC.  By clicking on the below links you can discover who we are as a church.  If you have any questions about this information, please email Pastor Nick and he would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Statement of Faith


Church Covenant


The Distinctives

West Salem Baptist Church offers a wide variety of ministries.  Ministries available for all ages infant through seniors.  These ministries are here for you to be a part of either as a participant or a volunteer  If you are interested in serving in one of these ministries, contact the leader of that ministry.

Servant Leaders

Nick Shaffer
Nick has been the Senior Pastor at WSBC since 2006. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1990 and then Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997.  He married his wife, Gretchen in 1991, they have four sons (Sam, Jake, John, Gabe) and one daughter (Cami).  Nick loves to read, fish and coach football.  He is an avid Steelers fan.  If he could have dinner with any three people from history, Nick would pick Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon and Stonewall Jackson.
To read my story, click on the link below:
Eddie Strickland
Eddie is married to Anna Marie and they have one daughter, Kayla and one son, Chase.  They are blessed with one grandson, Mason.  In 2016 they celebrated 30 years of marriage.  They are originally from South Carolina and moved to Virginia in 2004.  Eddie graduated from Clemson University with a degree in accounting and served in both the public and private industry.  After submitting to the call to ministry in 2006, Eddie attended seminary at Liberty University and began serving at West Salem Baptist Church in 2007.  He enjoys the outdoors, motorcycling, and hanging out with his family.
Erin Carroll
Erin began serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at West Salem Baptist in 2013. She has a Master’s of Teaching Degree in Elementary Education from UVA and formerly taught 3rd grade at a local elementary school. Erin and her husband Nathan were married in 2006 and they have two children, Julia and Mason. She enjoys board game nights with her family, hiking,  and cheering for UVA.
Kaitlyn Belcher
Kaitlyn has been actively involved in the Children’s Ministry at West Salem Baptist since 2009.  She joined staff as Assistant Children’s Director in 2012. Kaitlyn is married to Shawn, they have two children, Watson and Kennedy. Kaitlyn enjoys warm weather, spending time with family and anything crafty. 
Gretchen Shaffer
Gretchen began leading worship when she and her husband, Nick, came to serve at WSBC in 2006. She and Nick grew up together in a small town in Pennsylvania and have been married for 25 years. They have four sons and one daughter. Gretchen loves to cook for a houseful of people and she loves getting away to the beach.
To read my story, click on the link below:
Gail McClung
Gail has served as West Salem Baptist’s church secretary for almost 16 years.  Married for 34 years to Tom, they have two adult children but no grandchildren so far.  They are blessed  with three precious grandpups.  In her spare time, she loves to walk Hampden, their dog.  Loves to vacation at Topsail Beach with her family and enjoys Hampden Sydney College sporting events. Gail has been a member of Salem Presbyterian for 30 years but has grown to love WSBC and the people as if it were her own church.  She feels so blessed to have the opportunity to work and serve such a faithful and loving staff.
Crystal Mitchell
Crystal has been a member and secretary at WSBC since 2007.  She has been married to her husband, Billy since 1998 and they have two teenage daughters.  Crystal enjoys trips to Surfside Beach, Friday night football games and homeschooling her daughters. She also enjoys hosting game nights and having friends and family over for dinner.  Crystal is also a faithful member of our worship team.
Below please find MP3s of our past sermons.  We hope if you are seeking a church home, you will take a moment to listen to a few.  If you are church family, never miss a sermon again, even if you are unable to attend.  Use your cell phone to listen while you drive or work.
If you experience any issues while listening to these MP3s, we recommend you sign up for podcasts which will download the sermon for you and eliminate any disruption of the sermons.   You can sign up now by looking beneath the list of sermons where it says “View All” , on the right side of it you will see two icons, one looks likes sound waves, the other like a microphone (for iphone users).
If this does not resolve your problem, please contact us by clicking HERE.

Mar 14, 2018
Why They Matter In History
The Five Solas
  • Mar 14, 2018Why They Matter In History
    Mar 14, 2018
    Why They Matter In History
    The Five Solas
  • Mar 11, 2018With Me…To See My Glory
    Mar 11, 2018
    With Me…To See My Glory
    John: That You May Believe
    John 17:24-26
  • Mar 4, 2018That They May Be One
    Mar 4, 2018
    That They May Be One
    John: That You May Believe
    John 17:20-23
  • Feb 25, 2018Holy Father, Keep Them In Your Name And Sanctify Them In Your Truth
    Feb 25, 2018
    Holy Father, Keep Them In Your Name And Sanctify Them In Your Truth
    John: That You May Believe
    John 17:6-19
  • Feb 21, 2018Soli Deo Gloria
    Feb 21, 2018
    Soli Deo Gloria
    Jude: Contending For The Faith
    Jude 24-25
  • Feb 18, 2018Glorify Your Son That The Son May Glorify You
    Feb 18, 2018
    Glorify Your Son That The Son May Glorify You
    John: That You May Believe
    John 17:1-5
  • Feb 11, 2018Take Heart, I Have Overcome The World
    Feb 11, 2018
    Take Heart, I Have Overcome The World
    John: That You May Believe
    John 16:16-33
  • Jan 31, 2018Faithfulness Amid Apostasy
    Jan 31, 2018
    Faithfulness Amid Apostasy
    Jude: Contending For The Faith
    Jude 17-23
  • Jan 28, 2018You Also Will Bear Witness
    Jan 28, 2018
    You Also Will Bear Witness
    John: That You May Believe
    John 15:26-16:15
  • Jan 24, 2018Judgment Is Coming
    Jan 24, 2018
    Judgment Is Coming
    Jude: Contending for the Faith
    Jude 14-16




Prior Sermon Series

Please excuse us as we slowly but surely get older sermons transferred over to this website.  To locate sermons  older than what you see on this website, click HERE  and you will be re-routed to our old website.
All sermons will eventually be on this new website.
Thank you for your patience!

Book Recommendations  from Pastor Nick

Christless Christianity
by Michael Horton
The Gospel Driven Life
by Michael Horton
The Gospel Commission 
by Michael Horton
Sinners in the Hands of a Good God
by David Clotfelter
The Legacy of Luther
RC Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols, Editors
The Glory of Christ
by John Owen
Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace
by James M. Boice
The Doctrines of Grace
by James M. Boice
Knowing God
by JI Packer
The Truth War
by John Macarthur
by Gregory Koukl
Don’t Waste Your Life
by John Piper
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
by John Piper
The Treasury of David
by Charles Spurgeon
The Truth of the Cross
by RC Sproul
John Calvin: A Heart For Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, Buck Parsons, editor
In My Place, Condemned He Stood
by JI Packer & Mark Dever

To Submit a Prayer Request
email Church Secretary:  gail@wsbaptist.org
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.                             Philippians 4:6-7

Prayer Requests

for the following who are currently serving our country:
Kevin N. Williams ~  stationed in Alaska
Grandson of Roger and Shirley Ferguson


To view our church calendar, click HERE
500 Turner Road
Salem, VA   24153
(near Salem Walmart on Main Street)
Phone                     540-389-2129
 Fax                             540-389-7085
Office Hours:  
Tuesday through Thursday,  8 am – 3 pm


From I-81
Follow Wildwood Road to the light
With Hardee’s in front of you, turn left
Stay in  left lane,  turning left on Turner  Road
             ( immediately past  Wal-Mart)
At the top of the hill, WSBC will be on your right
Park  at the back of the church
From Electric Road/419 N.
Head North on VA-419/Electric Road
Turn left onto US-11/Apperson Drive
Continue to follow US-11
Turn slight right onto US-11 S/Shanks Cross Street Continue to follow US-11 S
Turn left onto US-11 ALT W/US-460 ALT W/E 4th St
Turn left onto US-11/US-460/W Main Street
Turn right onto Turner Road, just before Wal-mart
At the top of the hill, WSBC is on your right
Park in the back of the church
Click HERE for a map
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