Welcome to West Salem Baptist Church!
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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

ATMOSPHERE

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.
 

BIBLE

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.

 

 

SERMON

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 Gospel of Luke. 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.

Current sermon series is Luke’s Gospel.

GIVING

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

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.

LORD’S SUPPER

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.

ATTIRE

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.

PARKING

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. 

DIRECTIONS

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

Interested in Membership?
 
We encourage you to attend one of our Welcome Mat events prior to completing the online Membership Application.  Watch your bulletin for the next Welcome Mat or check the EVENTS page of our website.
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.
Missions
 

Servant Leaders

SENIOR PASTOR
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:
 
 
PRAISE AND WORSHIP LEADER
Gretchen Shaffer
 
Gretchen began leading worship at WSBC in 2006 when she and her husband came to serve at the church. She also leads a women’s Bible study and loves to serve the local church in any way she can. She and Nick grew up together in a small town in Pennsylvania and have been married since 1991. Gretchen loves to cook for a houseful of people, watch and support her five children in all of their various activities, and relax on the beach. 
 
 
 
 
 
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHURCH SECRETARY
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.
 
CHURCH FINANCIAL SECRETARY 
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.

Dec 8, 2019
Grace For The Garasene Demoniac
Sunday
Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
Luke 8:26-39
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Dec 8, 2019Grace For The Garasene Demoniac
    Dec 8, 2019
    Grace For The Garasene Demoniac
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 8:26-39
  • Dec 1, 2019Where Is Your Faith
    Dec 1, 2019
    Where Is Your Faith
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 8:22-25
  • Nov 24, 2019Take Care How You Hear
    Nov 24, 2019
    Take Care How You Hear
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 8:16-21
  • Nov 20, 2019Psalm 26
    Nov 20, 2019
    Psalm 26
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 26
  • Nov 18, 2019Profaning the Covenant
    Nov 18, 2019
    Profaning the Covenant
    "Profaning the Covenant" from Malachi: Remember the Grace of God by Pastor Nick Shaffer. Genre: Podcast.
  • Nov 18, 2019An Issue of Faith
    Nov 18, 2019
    An Issue of Faith
    "An Issue of Faith" from Malachi: Remember the Grace of God by Pastor Nick Shaffer. Genre: Podcast.
  • Nov 17, 2019The Parable Of The Soils
    Nov 17, 2019
    The Parable Of The Soils
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 8:1-15
  • Nov 13, 2019Psalm 37 – Part IV
    Nov 13, 2019
    Psalm 37 – Part IV
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 37:1-26
  • Nov 10, 2019Forgiven Much, Loves Much
    Nov 10, 2019
    Forgiven Much, Loves Much
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 7:36-50
  • Nov 3, 2019Doubt And Unbelief
    Nov 3, 2019
    Doubt And Unbelief
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 7:18-35
  • Oct 27, 2019More Than A Prophet At The Gate Of Nain
    Oct 27, 2019
    More Than A Prophet At The Gate Of Nain
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 7:11-17
  • Oct 20, 2019A Centurion’s Faith
    Oct 20, 2019
    A Centurion’s Faith
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 7:1-10
  • Oct 16, 2019Psalm 37 – Part III
    Oct 16, 2019
    Psalm 37 – Part III
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 37:1-26
  • Oct 13, 2019The Sermon On The Plain – Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord
    Oct 13, 2019
    The Sermon On The Plain – Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 6:46-49
  • Oct 6, 2019The Sermon On The Plain – Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart
    Oct 6, 2019
    The Sermon On The Plain – Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 6:43-45
  • Oct 2, 2019Book One: Psalm 37 Part II
    Oct 2, 2019
    Book One: Psalm 37 Part II
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 37:5-11
  • Sep 29, 2019The Sermon On The Plain – Being Merciful As Your Father Is Merciful
    Sep 29, 2019
    The Sermon On The Plain – Being Merciful As Your Father Is Merciful
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 6:36-42
  • Sep 25, 2019Book One: Psalm 37
    Sep 25, 2019
    Book One: Psalm 37
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 37:1-4
  • Sep 22, 2019The Sermon On The Plain – Love Your Enemies?
    Sep 22, 2019
    The Sermon On The Plain – Love Your Enemies?
    Sunday
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 6:27-36
  • Sep 18, 2019Book One: Psalm 49
    Sep 18, 2019
    Book One: Psalm 49
    Wednesday
    Psalms: Israel's Song Book
    Psalm 49

 

 

 

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
 
Tactics
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  complete church calendar, click HERE
 
ADDRESS
 
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

DIRECTIONS

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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