About Us

A brief history...

On March 22, 1880, a handful of members from Border Springs Baptist Church (including W. B. Kolb as the first pastor) organized the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, using the vacated Salem Congregational Church building. The following September marked New Salem's admission into the Columbus Baptist Association. Continuing to thrive, the congregation constructed entirely new facilities in 1945 and further renovated by adding a new sanctuary in 2000. Mel Howton stands as the current pastor for New Salem Baptist Church.

On what we believe...

God—We believe that there is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus—We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, was wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.

Christ’s Return—We believe that Jesus Christ will literally return to earth.

Holy Spirit—We believe that God the Holy Spirit is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation, and is the Comforter and Guide Who lives in every believer.

Bible—We believe that the Bible is the Word of God without any error, the sole authority for life and faith.

Man—We believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image, but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners and need salvation.

Salvation—We believe that salvation is a gift received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Assurance—We believe that every person who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eternity—We believe that those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in Heaven.

Baptism—We believe that water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.

Church—We believe that the church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.

Prayer—We believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Government—We believe in the separation of church and state, but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society.

(A special thanks to Bellevue.org for this summary.)

For further reading, check out The Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also, a more thorough abstract of systematic theology by Rev. James Petigru Boyce, D. D., LL. D, can be accessed at Founders Ministries.

What the Bible Says
About Prayer

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Matthew 26:41

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 19:19-20

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. " Mark 11:24-25