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 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 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

Interested in Membership?
Step 1
Click on the below link and take the online version of  our Membership Class, jotting down your questions as you go.   
Step 2
Attend one of our Membership Question and Answer Sessions to go over any questions you had from the course.
Step 3
Click on the below link and complete the application and questions.
Step 4
Wait to be contacted by an Elder to schedule your interview.
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:
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. 
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.
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.

Jan 10, 2021
Parable Of The Lost Coin
Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
Luke 15:8-10
  • Jan 10, 2021Parable Of The Lost Coin
    Jan 10, 2021
    Parable Of The Lost Coin
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 15:8-10
  • Jan 6, 2021Let Him Who Boasts, Boast in the Lord
    Jan 6, 2021
    Let Him Who Boasts, Boast in the Lord
    Series: Special
    Special: The God Who Is!
    Jeremiah 9:24-25
  • Jan 3, 2021Joy In Heaven
    Jan 3, 2021
    Joy In Heaven
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 15:1-7
  • Dec 27, 2020All Or Nothing
    Dec 27, 2020
    All Or Nothing
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 14:25-35
  • Dec 20, 2020Christmas Sunday 2020: The Angelic Announcement – Timeless And Timely
    Dec 20, 2020
    Christmas Sunday 2020: The Angelic Announcement – Timeless And Timely
    Series: Special
    Special: Christmas Sunday 2020
    Luke 1:1-20 (10-11, 14)
  • Dec 13, 2020Excuses, Excuses
    Dec 13, 2020
    Excuses, Excuses
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 14:15-25
  • Dec 6, 2020God Resists The Proud
    Dec 6, 2020
    God Resists The Proud
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 14:1-14
  • Nov 29, 2020Do This In Remembrance Of Me
    Nov 29, 2020
    Do This In Remembrance Of Me
    Series: Special
    Special: Thanksgiving
    1 Corinthians 11:23-39
  • Nov 22, 2020Fox And Lion; Hen And Brood
    Nov 22, 2020
    Fox And Lion; Hen And Brood
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 13:31-35
  • Nov 15, 2020Expansive But Exclusive
    Nov 15, 2020
    Expansive But Exclusive
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 13:18-30
  • Nov 8, 2020The Difference Between Dead Religion And Jesus Christ
    Nov 8, 2020
    The Difference Between Dead Religion And Jesus Christ
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 13:10-17
  • Nov 1, 2020Repent Or Perish
    Nov 1, 2020
    Repent Or Perish
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 13:1-9
  • Oct 25, 2020Discern The Time
    Oct 25, 2020
    Discern The Time
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 12:54-59
  • Oct 18, 2020Distress And Division, But Not Peace
    Oct 18, 2020
    Distress And Division, But Not Peace
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 12:49-53
  • Oct 11, 2020Make Yourself Ready
    Oct 11, 2020
    Make Yourself Ready
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 12:35-48
  • Oct 7, 2020God Is Holy, Part V
    Oct 7, 2020
    God Is Holy, Part V
    Series: Special
    Special: The God Who Is!
    Isaiah 53
  • Oct 4, 2020Fear Not, Little Flock
    Oct 4, 2020
    Fear Not, Little Flock
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 12:22-34
  • Sep 30, 2020God Is Holy, Part IV
    Sep 30, 2020
    God Is Holy, Part IV
    Series: Special
    Special: The God Who Is!
    Exodus 20:12-17
  • Sep 27, 2020Rich Fools
    Sep 27, 2020
    Rich Fools
    Gospel Of Luke - That You May Have Certainty
    Luke 12:13-21
  • Sep 23, 2020God Is Holy, Part III
    Sep 23, 2020
    God Is Holy, Part III
    Series: Special
    Special: The God Who Is!
    Exodus 20:1-10




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:
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
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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