Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

friendly, active, outreaching, small group ministries

Who We Are

A community gathered by the grace of God...

A community serving Christ in one another, and Christ in his world...

A family nourished, affirmed, challenged, blessed, and redeemed by the gospel of God's love beyond our deserving.

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What to Expect

What are services like?

Expect to be greeted with a warm welcome from our members, even if it's your first time. Expect vibrant, high quality traditional music. Expect a style of worship with ancient roots, that appeals to all five senses. Expect weekly Communion, the meal of God's forgiveness. Expect to hear thoughtful, grace-filled preaching, that proclaims what God has done for us. Expect to hear the Good News: God loves us, forgives us, and invites us to live our lives in the light of Christ!

What is the community like?

Salem places a high priority on welcoming visitors, including people of every age, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and walk of life in our ministry. We welcome children in worship, but we also have a nursery available. We offer education from preschool through adulthood in between services. We also believe we are called by God to recognize and supporting God's work outside our walls. We provide many ways to respond compassionately to hunger, homelessness, disease, pollution, and poverty, among other things. We are a community marked by God's grace, determined to share it with others.

What if I'm not a Christian?

As Lutherans, we believe faith is a gift from God, not a human decision, nor a requirement before you come through the door. We do not come together because we have it all figured out, but rather because we need guidance, healing, forgiveness. Whether you're born and raised Lutheran, you come to us from another part of the Church, you've been away from church a while, or even if you've never been to church before and just have some questions, we encourage you to come see what God is up to at Salem.

Our Services

Sunday: 08:15am, 09:30am, and 11:00am
Saturday: 05:00pm

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905 Frederick Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228

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About Us

Lutheran (ELCA)


Size: Medium

Traditional Hymns,Contemporary

Friendly, Spirit-filled, Traditional Liturgy, Inclusive, Multigenerational, Lots of kids, Young families

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Young Adults, Choir, Missions, Adult Education, Community Service, Nursery

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Our Services

Sunday 08:15am: Traditional liturgy, festive atmosphere
Sunday 09:30am: Sunday School / Adult Forum
Sunday 11:00am: Traditional liturgy, festive atmosphere
Saturday 05:00pm: Informal service with Holy Communion

Church Leader

Dave Asendorf Tim Jahn

Dave Asendorf Tim Jahn

Pastor Dave Asendorf is a 2007 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. After serving his internship at Salem in 2005-2006, he began his ministry here on January 1, 2007. Prior to entering seminary Dave worked 25 years for the Federal government. Pastor Dave also serves on the Directing Committee of the University of Maryland Campus Ministry. He and his wife Nancy have two children. Pastor Asendorf has experienced the Salem congregation as a welcoming community grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The people of Salem are generous and seek to share their abundant gifts with those in need. The Salem congregation is healthy and growing, and open to newcomers. Pastor Asendorf serves on the Directing Committee of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park and is Co-Chair of the Delaware-Maryland’s Malaria Campaign. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Catonsville Emergency Food Ministry located in Catonsville. In August 2013, Pastor Asendorf will travel to the ELCA Church-wide Assembly to serve as a delegate representing the Delaware-Maryland Synod. Pastor Jahn has served since 2008 on the Delaware/Maryland Synod Mission Through Partnerships Team, which seeks to maintain healthy relationships between the synod and various agencies, institutions and organizations (including social ministry organizations, global mission teams, special interest groups, colleges, and others) associated with the ELCA in our area. He has also helped plan worship on the Planning Committee for the 2011 and 2012 Delaware/Maryland Synod Assemblies. Starting in 2012, Pastor Jahn will serve as a mentor for the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) music team, empowering high school youth to plan and lead praise singing at synod youth events. Pastor Jahn and his wife Laura have two young children. Music is one of Pastor Jahn’s passions. He has a strong musical background and plays the guitar. Another passion of Pastor Jahn’s is the outdoors. He cites his experience as a youth counselor in a Lutheran outdoors ministry in Michigan as instrumental in his decision to enter the ministry.