Directions: Hwy 23 bypass to Stearns County #33 north for 4 miles to 220th Street.

Left on 220 (a gravel road) for 1/2 mile.


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Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  It was a beautiful brisk morning at Salem on Easter Sunday morning.  There were 12 brave souls plus Pastor Bob on hand to watch the sun rise, sing a couple of songs and hear words of inspiration.  As we left to go to other church services and/or be with family and friends, the promise of everlasting life is ours to hold fast in our hearts.  

Below you will find three videos chock full of Salem history.  The Salem Christmas video was created in December of 2020 to take the place of our annual Christmas program.  The next video is about Lowell Gess and his fight against Ebola in Sierre Leone.  The third one was produced by Appleton Public TV Channel 10 in 1997.  It features Bill Holm (now deceased), an author and public speaker as well as some of our own Salem people.  We hope you enjoy watching these!  


Thank you for your memorials and donations that help to maintain the Salem Church & Cemetery.  We count on two offerings a year (August Salem Fest & the Christmas Program) to pay annual expenses such as insurance, lawn mowing & utilities.  If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check to: Salem Historical Church, 38444 512th Ave, Paynesville MN 56362.  Thank you! 


Salem Church Paynesville MN
Salem Church Paynesville MN

On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem HistoricaChurch Cemetery Association, Inc'.  The non-profit corporation has IRS 501(c)(3) status. Donations made to the Salem Church are tax deductible. 

In 1997 after a 30 year absence, a Christmas program was held at Salem Church. Two new furnaces were installed and now an old-fashioned Christmas program can again be held each year.   People bring gifts of food for the local food shelf and enjoy creating new traditions with their families.


Salem Church Paynesville MN

Salem Church is visible to all for miles around. This photo was taken from the top of the Wegner's silo just a mile to the north. 

Salem Church was closed to regular Sunday worship services in 1968.  Many weddings are still held each year at the church and an occasional funeral.

The folks in this hot air balloon had a great view of Salem one fine September day.