New Salem Lutheran Church

Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States


Who we are

New Salem Lutheran Church welcomes Christians and those who seek to connect to Christianity in the Bellefontaine area.

We aim to make contact with and encourage others to join us in our life-changing Christian journey.

New Salem Lutheran Church in Bellefontaine, Ohio is a friendly Christian community where we welcome others to join us in our worship and service to God.

Our vision is to make an impact for God, here in Bellefontaine, Ohio by helping people understand the enriching messages of eternal hope given to us by Jesus Christ through His words and deeds.

Everyone is welcome, no matter your age, beliefs, or background. Come just as you are - we'd love to get to know you better.

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6646 State Route 540
Bellefontaine, OH 43311-9149
United States
Phone: 9374682488
Fax: (937) 593-7193

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Matthew 7:12

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.



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3695 County Road 20
Bellefontaine, OH

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New Salem Lutheran Church Bellefontaine Service Times

9:30 am Sunday

Service Times last updated on the 1st of December, 2019

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New Salem Lutheran Church History

The New Salem Lutheran Church, 6646 E. State Route 540, is located just east of what was once a thriving rural agricultural village, New Jerusalem, and was founded in 1850 as a result of a prayer meeting at the local school house.

In 1851, the church purchased two acres of land for $15 and a church was constructed by the members using donated materials and labor.

A constitution was signed May 4, 1853, by the Rev. J.G. Shaefer, John Gable, John Hass, Daniel Arbegast, Jacob Wolf, Michael Unangst and Jacob Slonecker. These six and 48 others became the first membership.

In early years, women and girls sat on one side and men and boys on the other and collection baskets on long handles featured feathers on the end as a means to wake sleeping worshipers.

The first alter was built in 1945 and a basement was constructed west of the building in 1950. The church was then moved onto the basement. During that work, the sanctuary was extended and a porch and steps were added to the front of the building.

In 1961, Leroy Hostetler built a new alter and the pews were refinished. Two rooms were added upstairs and down in 1966 and in 1971, a well was drilled and restrooms were installed.

Most recently, the congregation was led by the Rev. Don Hare from 2008 until he retired in July 2013.

The church is linked in a charge with Philadelphia Lutheran Church, DeGraff, and currently is led by Ohio Lutheran Synod supply pastors for worship services beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.


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