We are a family of faith known as Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church located off McKinley Parkway at 10 McClellan Circle in South Buffalo. We’re a group of people dedicated to sharing the love of God in Jesus Christ with those around us. We are here to serve you, in Jesus’ name. The word “Salem” means “Peace.” That’s why we are known as “The Church of Peace on the Circle.” We’re trying hard to live up to our name. We want to invite you and your family to join with us in our worship, prayer, and friendship, and to make our house of God a home of faith, love, and peace for you.
What We Believe
Lutherans believe that salvation comes through faith alone in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Furthermore, we also learn in God’s Holy Word that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Jesus declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) And, the Apostle Peter said of this same Jesus, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Lutherans also believe that God’s Word is the sole authority for all matters of faith and life. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) God’s Word consists of the Law, which tells us that we are sinners in need of His forgiveness; and the Gospel, which proclaims the Good News that God has forgiven all of our sins for Jesus’ sake.
Lutherans have been people of one Lord and three books: scripture, catechism, and hymnal. The center of all three books is the Holy Trinity revealed in the one Lord Jesus Christ.
- April 10, 1966 – Dedication of the new organ.
- April 2011 – New permanent sign installed.
- 133 young men and women from our congregation served our country during the years of World War II.
- St. Paul’s on Scoville Avenue in Buffalo was founded in 1887. Salem is a daughter congregation of St. Paul’s. Salem and St. Paul merged in 2001. Taken from the Dedication booklet of new Salem in 1951: “In the Spring of 1916 the Buffalo Lutheran Church Extension Society appointed a Committee to investigate conditions in South Buffalo relative to establishing a Mission Congregation in that fast growing community. Pastor Albert Dallmann, then pastor of St. Paul’s Church, Scoville Ave., was appointed the Chairman of this Committee.”
- February 21, 1933 — Altar Guild was formed.
- February 18, 1979 — first women ushers - Judy Ross Hoffmann and Pauline Bognar Brown.