History of Salem Lutheran Church

On May 10, 1925, a handful of devout Lutheran Norwegian Americans founded the Scandinavian Lutheran Church of Glendale.

Five years later, in 1930, the first permanent meeting place was purchased. It was a five room house at 318 West Salem Street (the location is now Clancy's parking lot). Shortly afterward, the name was changed to Salem Lutheran Church. "Salem" in Hebrew means "Peace."

In 1934, a larger church building was erected on the same site for $3000. All the labor was donated by Salem members.

In 1944, the first part of the present Stocker and Brand site was purchased. The present Fellowship Hall was completed as a multipurpose facility in 1947. The Fellowship Hall served as Salem's Sanctuary for twelve years.

The story of the present campus is a story of dreams and hard work by the dedicated men and women of Salem -- who had a vision for ministry in Glendale. That story will unfold in word and picture on this site.

Women of Salem Archive Ministry Presents:

Salem's Archive Ministry began in 2006 to preserve the rich history of Salem Lutheran Church and School for generations to come. The Archive Ministry consists of four parts. The first part is completed and ready for you to enjoy. 

I. Salem's Oral History Videos - View 85 years of Salem's History as shared through the lives of 19 of our members who grew up attending Salem or who joined Salem as an adult. The stories vary, some beginning as far back as 1933, but all tell the story of the love they have found at Salem Lutheran Church and this community of believers.

Click here to view Salem's Oral History