GracePoint celebrates anniversary

On Sunday, Oct. 14 in two morning services (9 and 10:30 a.m.) one of New Brighton's faith communities celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Salem Baptist Church was launched in August of 1961 in the living room of Phil and Ardis Carlson who lived at the time on Thorndale Street, just north of Rice Creek Road. People gathered for prayer and teaching, and soon more space was needed. They met at Sunnyside School for several months, and called their first pastor in January of 1963. That month they also voted to incorporate with 23 charter members. They moved to Pike Lake School in November of 1968, and then into the first building of a large complex that hosts a Sunday attendance of between 500 and 700 people.  

Rev. Jared Carlson began as a youth pastor twelve years ago, and took office as senior pastor in September of 2010. Salem's name was changed to GracePoint Church in 2008 to signal to the surrounding community that this congregation welcomes everyone who seeks to know and worship God in Jesus Christ. A wide variety of ministries, including Awana, Sunday school, adult classes, prayer meetings, youth gatherings are constantly attracting new people. GracePoint offers several caring ministries, including Stephen Ministry, Christ-Care groups, and support for mature adults.

The church is located at 2351 Rice Creek Road in New Brighton 

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