Salem Matters News of What Matters This Week

in Salem Presbytery

June 5, 2024 | Volume IX, Number 23

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Churches/Ministries of the Week

First Presbyterian - Statesville

Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian - West Jefferson

Freedom Presbyterian - Statesville

New Tool for 2025 Benefits Decisions

A Message from the Board of Pensions

The Board of Pensions has launched the 2025 Decision Guide for Minister Benefits to assist congregations and ministers with calculating dues for next year. This new tool helps determine eligibility and costs for the two new dues packages introduced as part of the redesigned Benefits Plan — the Congregational Pastors Package and the Covenant Package — and for Transitional Pastor’s Participation, an option for ministers enrolled in Pastor’s Participation as of December 31, 2024.

After a series of questions are answered, the tool displays the options available for the minister, based on eligibility, and any associated costs for dependent coverage. Please note that this tool cannot determine benefits eligibility or costs for commissioned pastors, split services, or couples sharing one position at the same congregation (14-09 couples).

For information about benefits options or assistance with the 2025 Decision Guide for Minister Benefits, call the Board of Pensions at 800-PRESPLAN (800-773-7752) (TTY: 711) to speak with a dedicated representative. Church Consultants also are available to help church leaders determine which dues package is right for their situation and to guide faithful decision-making.

Presbytery News and Information

Click Here for the Digest of the May 14th Meeting of Salem Presbytery
Click Here for the Minutes from the May 14th Meeting of Salem Presbytery

Salem Presbytery Retiree Zoom Gathering

Save the date for the next Salem Presbytery gathering of retirees via Zoom on Wednesday, June 5th at 10:00 am. A Zoom link was emailed to all retirees.

Sign Up for Peace & Justice Newsletter

The Peace and Justice Task Force invites you to sign up for their monthly newsletter addressing Peace and Justice issues and events. Click the link below to sign up.

Sign Up for Peace & Justice Newsletter

Ministry Training and Education

The Salem Black Caucus will be meeting at Freedom Presbyterian Church this Saturday June the 8th from 10:00 a.m until 12:00 noon.

Freedom Presbyterian Church 1321 Turnersburg HWY Statesville NC 28625


• Ministers of Word and Sacrament actively serving as pastors to congregations or otherwise engaged in a validated ministry within the bounds of Salem Presbytery;

• Commissioned Ruling Elders actively serving a congregation;

• Certified Christian Educators;

• Salem Presbytery Members-At-Large; and

• Presbytery Staff

In order to maintain good standing with Salem Presbytery (which is necessary to access and share your PDP on the new Church Leadership Connection system), completion of Racial Equity Equipping Training is mandatory.

Folks have until September 2025 to complete this training to remain in good standing, OR you must gain approval for an alternative training from the Peace and Justice Task Force.

Our next equipping event will be Tuesday, October 8th from 9-3:30 at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church

Registration for the October event is now live at our Presbytery’s Racial Equity website here:

If you have questions, our facilitator contact information can be found on the Presbytery’s Racial Equity website (

Ministry Opportunities

Position Opening at New Creation Community Church - Greensboro

New Creation Community Church is seeking a part-time Pastor/CRE. Click HERE for more information and a job description

Position Opening at Westminster Presbyterian - Greensboro

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC is accepting PDP’s from interested parties for the position of Interim Pastor.

Follow the link below for the job description and/or to apply.

Westminster Presbyterian Transitional Pastor Job Description
Apply Here

Position Opening at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian

Pleasant Grove Presbyterian in Yanceyville is searching for a pianist for Sunday Worship and occasional services. Interested candidates should contact Pastor Steve Jordan at 336-380-1859 or 336-562-2215. 

Position Openings at First Presbyterian Salisbury

First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury is advertising an open position. See the link below for job description and information.

Contemporary Worship Team Leader

Position Opening at First Presbyterian High Point

First Presbyterian Church in High Point is advertising for the position of Next Gen Director. See the link below for job description and information.

Next Gen Director - First Presbyterian High Point

Position Opening in Montreat

Greetings from Montreat Conference Center. We have a full-time, exempt position open for a Director of Development Communications. Follow the links below to read a full job description and/or to apply.

Click Here for Job Description
Click Here to Apply

Looking Ahead - Upcoming Events

Register for Bible and Church Music Conference 2024 today! Come listen to leaders and speakers like Rev. Dr. Brian Blount and Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner. For more information about BCMC 2024, please visit

October 21-23, 2024 - Montreat Conference Center

Click HERE for more information and to register

Ordination Anniversaries

Please pass along congratulations to the following who are celebrating anniversaries of their ordinations:

  • Jodi Lingan ordained June 4, 2017
  • Jess Bledsoe ordained June 5, 1979  (45th in 2024)
  • Josh Musser Gritter ordained June 8, 2017
  • Lara Musser Gritter ordained June 8, 2017
  • Jud Milam ordained June 11, 1972
  • Kent Berry ordained June 15, 1996
  • Jeffry Reynolds ordained June 16, 1993
  • Stacey Steck ordained June 18, 2000  
  • Steve Hannah ordained June 21, 1991
  • Evan Harrison ordained June 22, 2010  
  • Fred Horner ordained June 24, 1962
  • Bonita Quandt ordained June 29, 2004  (20th in 2024)
  • Joseph McCutchen ordained June 30, 1968
Prayer Matters
Click Here for the 2024 Prayer Calendar

June Prayers for:

 Hunger Task Groups

Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • Salem Presbytery Designated Associate Presbyter, Rev. Jodi Lingan and family, who mourn the death of Jodi's father on June 2, 2024. More info will be shared soon.
  • The family of Rev. Charles Carter, HR, who passed away on May 27, 2024. Service plans are incomplete at this time.
  • CRE Sue Flippin and husband Jim, who mourn the sudden of their son Jeff Flippin.
  • Designated Associate Presbyter Jodi Lingan whose father is undergoing health issues

We will list these prayer requests for two weeks unless we are notified that they are to be continued. You may submit prayer requests through the link below.

Submit prayer request here.

PCUSA Matters
Highlights from the 253rd Synod Assembly of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
Read the Mid-Council Relations Newsletter Here - April 23, 2024
Read the PCUSA Quarterly Resource Preview Here - April 2024
PCUSA Job Opportunities

The latest in Job Opportunities with the PCUSA, as of March 25, 2024

Job Opportunities - English

Job Opportunities - Spanish

Job Opportunities - Korean

Board of Pensions Call to Health

Click the link below to join the Board of Pensions Information

Board of Pensions Call to Health

Board of Pensions Board Bulletin

PCUSA News and Announcements

Click below for the latest news and announcements from the PCUSA.


PCUSA Website

Mid Council Relations Newsletter

Click HERE for Synod of Mid-Atlantic Assembly Highlights

North Carolina Historical Society Newsletter

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