List of Pastors

Early missionaries to the Hoosier Territory included Samuel Shannon, a chaplain in the Indian wars, who later brought to Salem the fiery James McGready, noted figure of the Great Revival of 1800 in Kentucky. The Presbyterian Church at Salem was organized on August 16, 1817 by Rev. Samuel Shannon.


Rev. W. W. Martin

Rev. Benjamin C. Cressey d. 1834--buried in Crown Hill Cemetery

Rev. Solomon Kitridge

Rev. S. Salesbury

Rev. Joseph G. Wilson

Rev. Calvin N. Ransom

Rev. Alexander McFerson  d. June 28, 1845--Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery

Rev. B. Cole

Rev. N. L. Steele

Rev. Charles Marshall

Rev. S. M. Warren

Rev. Benjamin Franklin

Rev. W. H. Rogers

Rev. E. Black

Rev. T. A. Stelle

Rev. Irving I. St. John   d. March 19, 1817 or 1818---Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery

Rev. James McCrea

Rev. Theodore W. McCoy

Rev. George W. Telle

Rev. John Montgomery

Rev. James McDonald

Rev. H.B. Sutherland

Rev. Geo. O. Dickey

Rev. E.S. Miller     d. 1905—buried at Hopewell, near Greenwood, Indiana

Rev. A. B. Wilson

Rev. Forest C. Taylor

Rev. M. E. Prather: October 31, 1923 to January 5, 1925

Rev. A.E. Ewers: September 1, 1925 to October 1927

Rev. C. M. Jenkins: February 26, 1928 to March 7, 1930

Rev. Millard Murphy: January 25, 1931 to 1933

Rev. L. V. Rule, SS* and his brother Rev C. W. Rule, to assist, March, 1934

Rev. H. C. Foster: SS*

Rev. William Stephenson: SS*, April 1941 to May 1945

Rev. Thomas Myers: SS*, June 1945, July 3, 1946 to April 30, 1947

Rev. Ernest L. Stroffel: SS*, July 11, 1948 to May, 1949

Rev. Paul Romantum: SS*, September 11, 1949 to August 1952

Rev. James Hogue: February, 1953 to October 15, 1959

Rev. Floyd Doud Shafer: July 10, 1960 to June 16, 1968

Rev. John Duncan: July 13, 1969 to June 15, 1972

Rev. J. Pat Kennedy: May 13, 1973 to December 3, 1977

Rev. Sue Ann Looft: March 18, 1979 to May 9, 1983

Rev. D. Jo Lowell: June 29, 1984 to January 18, 1988

Rev. Gary R. Pickering: February 15, 1989

Rev. William Peterson:

Rev. Sara J. Shields: April 2000 to February 2011

Rev. Beth Walden-Fisher: August 2011 to May 2018

Rev. Stephen Fisher: September 1, 2018 to May 14, 2019 d. 2020

Pastor Richard Clark: (Commissioned Pastor) September 1, 2020 to present


Legend: SS* - Stated Supply


1816-1918: information from an article in the Salem newspaper, found in the Salem Presbyterian Church files.


1923-on: reports filed with the Stated Clerk of Presbytery in 1991 and forward.