“His preaching was legendary.”


A long-time pastor in South Dakota and the voice of a long-running Christian television program, Rev. Harold Salem, has died. He had celebrated his 99ᵗʰ birthday this past summer. He started his career as a pastor at the age of 23.

His first job in June 1944 was at First Baptist Church in his hometown of Belle Fourche. He stayed there for a little over 13 years before he moved to Aberdeen where he spent the next 52 years and eight months as pastor at Aberdeen’s First Baptist Church. Salem started broadcasting his sermons on the Christian Worship Hour in 1979.”

Though he retired in 2010, he continued working on the television show, which was broadcast around the world.

“He loved what he did and was totally absorbed in his work. His preaching was legendary.”


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