Our History

The First Congregational Church of Salem has been providing spiritual guidance for area residents for over 270 years. From our humble beginnings on January 16, 1740, when 13 men signed the Church Covenant, we have grown to become a church community of over 200 members and families.

Since our inception, many have described us the “little church that could.” Though not large in size, we are passionate, resourceful and accommodating. The soul of our church community has always pulled together to overcome hardships and adversity, emerging stronger and more vibrant.

The church has been located at our present Lawrence Road site since 1840. A notable crowning touch occurred in 1851 when the first church bell in Salem was placed in the belfry. In the ensuing years, strong support and dedication from generations of local families, notably the Kelly, Clough, Hall and Woodbury’s have enabled the church to grow in size and expand our wide range of fellowship programs. Further enhancements came about through our affiliation with the United Church of Christ in 1957. As we continue to upgrade and develop our house of worship, a capital campaign raised enough funds in 2009 to complete the installation of a handicap compliant elevator.

Our doors are open for you and your family. Come join in as we build toward our 275th anniversary in 2015!