New Salem Ministries


Rev. Dr. Monica J. Lowe, Director

This ministry includes video, marketing, social media, electronic newsletter, website, and all other forms of media platforms that support the ministries of New Salem Baptist Church both in-person and virtually.

Communications ministry Mission – “To assist New Salem in attracting and engaging a diverse membership by creating stimulating communication, that compels the unsaved to see after Christ, and the saved to be perfected in Christ”.

Purpose – To assist in the promotion of church-wide and department events. The underlying goal is to produce a high-quality product in concert with New Salem’s mission to the glory of God.

Guiding scripture – Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased. We believe that our “product” the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not change. Therefore we are committed to spreading His Word through every medium possible.

Hospitality Ministry

Min. Brenda Troy, Director

The mission of the hospitality ministry is to invite and welcome members, guests, and friends to New Salem Baptist Church with the spirit of humility, joy, comfort and a servants’ spirit. Volunteers of the ministries intentionally reach out to the churched as well as the unchurched in order to make them feel welcomed and to assure there are no barriers to being comfortable and able to focus on worship services.

This ministry includes:

  • Welcome
  • Ushers
  • Transportation
  • Security
  • Nurses
  • Wedding Ministry (E.g. Security, Ushers etc.)

Scripture Romans 12:13 and Hebrews 13:2

Life Development (Youth Ministry)

Kay Wilson, Special Projects Officer

Our mission is to walk alongside and develop a community of youth grades 6-12; help them discover who they are in Christ, bring light on their gifts (spiritual and otherwise) and how to activate them, and to create an environment of belonging where youth are celebrated in these endeavors
and lifted up in their struggles.

Guiding Scripture: Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (NLT)

NSI (Sunday School) – Currently held virtually

WAVE (Wednesday Night Youth Fellowship): Youth focus on studying God word through life-skill development, topical conversation, civic engagement and artistic expression.

WAVE Wednesday Evenings 6pm-7pm at Center for Excellence

WELL Service: Every 4th Sunday of each month Youth gather for their own personal Sunday service. During this service Youth are able to praise/worship God in a manner that is creative, inspiring and spirit-filled.

Y.P.E. (Youth Praise Ensemble): Y.P.E is the choir that sings during WELL services. Youth minister and encourage through song in this ministry.

Youth Ambassadors: The Youth Ambassador program is dedicated to equipping youth to disciple, serve and ignite God’s community and His Holy Kingdom.

  • Annual Events
  • Winter Lock-in
  • Graduation Sunday
  • Promotion Sunday
  • Youth Summit (August)

Magnification Department

Rev. Dr. Merlyn Ruffin, Director

The purpose of the ministries in the Magnification Department is to inspire the people of God and incite them to worship Him.

Governing scripture: I Samuel 15:22 NLT
Obedience is better than sacrifice

Questions and ministry interests should be directed to Rev. Dr. Merlyn Ruffin,, 614-930-2221

Magnification Ministries

Voices of New Salem:
Provides music ministry for the purpose of leading congregants in worship. Genres include traditional and contemporary gospel, spirituals and anthems. Open to youth grades 6-12 and adults.

Rehearses and ministers monthly. Self-directed ministry. Must be able to follow vocal recording to learn and prepare music.

FCC Male Chorus:
Provides music ministry for the purpose of leading congregants in worship. Very unique approach to music for male voices. Includes traditional and contemporary gospel. Open to men 18 years and older.

Rehearses and ministers quarterly.

Praise & Worship Ministry:
Provides music ministry for the purpose of leading congregants in worship. Includes traditional and contemporary praise and worship genre. Open to adults 18 years and older. Membership available via audition.

Rehearses and ministers weekly.

Youth Praise Ensemble:
Provide music ministry for the purpose of leading youth in worship. Includes traditional and contemporary praise and worship genre. Primarily ministers for the WELL youth service. Open to youth grades 6-12.

Rehearses and ministers monthly.

Audio Ministry:
Provide sound reinforcement and technical support for audio including monitor mixing, live mixing and equalization. Also provides mixing for live streaming technology. Salaried position. Requires application and interview.

Ministers weekly for worship service. Ministers for special services including weddings and homegoing services.

Joyful Noyze:
Provide music ministry accompaniment for the purpose of leading the congregants in worship. Salaried position. Requires application, interview and audition.

Rehearses and ministers weekly for worship service.

Prayer Ministry:
Provide leadership for New Salem to exists as a house of prayer. Lead Sunday corporate prayer as well as daily prayer calls.

Meets quarterly for direction and strategies.

Divine Motion Children’s Dance Ministry:
Provide dance ministry for the purpose of leading the congregants in worship. Open to those in grades k-5.

Meets twice monthly. Ministers twice annually

Dancers of New Salem Dance Ministry:
Provide dance ministry for the purpose of leading the congregants in worship. Open to those in grades 6-12 and all adults.

Rehearse and minister as assigned, minimally 2-3 times annually.

Puppets of Praise:
Provide puppetry for the purpose of leading congregants in worship. Open to those in grades 6-12 and all adults.

Rehearse and minister as assigned, minimally 2-3 times annually.


Rev. Landon Adams, Director

Christian Education:
New Salem Institute (NSI) is our centralized place for Christian Education. NSI is comprised of our Sunday Morning classes, traditionally known as Sunday School, as well as various weekday opportunities.

Small Groups:
CARE Groups, Christ’s Actions Reaching Everyone, is New Salem’s small group ministry. Groups meet weekly for Bible study, prayer, and member support. Various types of groups exist, men and women only groups, groups for young adults, couples, singles, shared interest, etc. Groups also provide service and outreach within and outside of the church. Often, overtime, those in a small group together, develop deep and abiding relationships, walking through the joys, challenges and overall ups and downs of life.

Guiding scriptures:

  • Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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Ministry Department

Elder Jami Jones Ervin, Director

Barnabus Ministry (Recruitment, Engagement, Development):
This team of individuals helps to identify, engage, and develop congregants in various ministries. The team meets quarterly to plan for events and strategies.

Decision Counselors:
This team receives people on site at the altar and either help them get connected to New Salem through church membership or offer intercessory prayer. The team meets quarterly and is required to have annual training.

Guiding scriptures

  • Ministry: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
    RED Team: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11A
  • Decision Counselors: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” James 5:16

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Brother Adam Troy, Director

Guiding scriptures
Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commandment: Matthew 22:26-40

Community of Caring Development Foundation: As the Community and Economic Development Arm of New Salem Church, the Community of Caring Development Foundation is a separate 501c3 entity and governed by an independent Board of Directors. Over the past twenty years, our Community of Caring non-profit entity (The Foundation) has continued its commitment to investing in the lives of individuals and families throughout Columbus and in the Linden Community. Through its successful public/private partnerships model, The Foundation has provided access to affordable housing for more than 2,000 families, served over 500,000 meals, secured more than $250,000 in community grants and presented more than $70,000 in academic scholarships. Through The Foundation, New Salem Church has been and continues to be at the forefront of community revitalization initiatives throughout the northeast quadrant of Columbus, Ohio, including an expanding role as convener and thought-leader in the revitalization of Linden. With our beyond the walls platform, The Foundation brings a diverse offering of programs in the areas of community wealth building, education, housing, health & wellness, and a real estate development advisory project portfolio in access of $100 million dollars. Our focus and impact areas are aligned with the City of Columbus’ One Linden Plan’s Top 10 Big Ideas.

Bread of Life Food Pantry: As an extension of New Salem’s Beyond the Walls approach to ministry, the Bread of Life Food Pantry is one of the two largest food pantries operating in the Linden community. The Pantry is managed under New Salem’s non-profit community development arm, the Community of Caring Development Foundation. Volunteers assist with food selection, stock pantry shelves and helping clients take groceries to cars. Hours/days of operation are Wednesdays from 5:00p-7:00P and Saturdays from 10a-12p. If interested in volunteering in please Sign up to volunteer HERE. You can help to support the Bread of Life Food Pantry by giving (. )donation online at

Saints on Streets (SOS): S.O.S started as part of the DARING Faith Campaign that had its official kickoff in October 2016. Through the activity of Street Teams SOS strives to build a long-term healthy relationship with our neighbors that creates an environment in which they can thrive holistically, and we continue to grow in Christ by following the principles of See, Serve and Sow. We have 3 long term goals: 1)Lasting and on-going relationship with our neighbors built on mutual respect, 2) Improvement in the physical quality of our neighboring streets, and 3) Improvement in the health & quality of life of our neighbors.

Linden Fresh Market: The Linden Market was established in 2018 as part of the One Linden Plan and partners with Mid-Ohio Food Collective to distribute free food in Ohio. We provide free, fresh and health produce to any household earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The market provides a much-needed resource to underserved Linden residents — healthy food alternatives. If you qualify and would like to become a member, stop by the market during our open hours. Just bring photo identification for your first visit! The Market is located at 1464 Cleveland Avenue. The hours of operation are as follows: Mondays, 1p-5p; Tuesday-Friday, 11a-4p.

  • Sports Leadership Academy: The Linden Sports Leadership Academy (SLA) is a community collaboration with New Salem Baptist Church, Community of Caring Development Foundation and St. Stephen’s Community House in partnership the City of Columbus, Department of Neighborhoods. The SLA is housed at St. Stephen’s Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH and targets middle school youth in the 6th – 9th grades who reside in and around the Linden community. The program approach is designed to expose and educate through interactive sessions to enhance critical thinking skills, decision making, team building and life skills through activities such as chess play, fitness, marital arts, boxing and basketball. Students received breakfast nutrition and lunch on each Saturday. Each program is structured into 45 minutes to 1-hour sessions, depending on the activity. Each session focuses on critical thinking skills, decision making, work ethic, team building, and heath and wellness as well as a different component aligned with building life skills.
  • Leadership Linden: Leadership Linden is a neighborhood-based leadership development program established to educate and engage current and emerging leaders, and inspire them to take a more active, informed role in our community. The program mission is To Develop Multi-generational Diverse Leaders Who Serve The Linden Community. Establish a Network Of Well-informed, Committed, & Involved Leaders To Advance The Community’s Overall Interest. Leadership Linden offers 12 weeks of educational and interactive programming for emerging leaders at all stages. Fellows will work in teams to develop “Community Impact Projects” for solving problems that may be implemented around the neighborhood and shared across the city.
  • Linden 100: under-resourced communities systematically lack wealth creation opportunities. The Linden 100 initiative represents a workforce development model that places emphasis on equity ownership in a business. We do this with the assistance of an Advisory Group that brings together corporate, government, and economic development leaders to help transform under-resourced communities by providing non-entrepreneurial members with founding equity ownership and supporting them in building healthy lives.
  • Lott Carey


Min. Brenda Troy, Director

The ministry is created to provide a safe learning environment for children ages 0 to 5th grade. Promiseland volunteers teaches the Bible on a children’s level. Promiseland operates during the time the parents are in the adult worship service. The curriculum is designed for the children to learn the books of the Bible using scriptures, music and creative arts.

Scripture: Matthew 19:14

Women of Power Ministry

Min. Brenda Troy, Director


Community Dinner:
A weekly meal provided free of charge to the Linden and surrounding communities.
Connections to Social Services are extended during the hours. Serving times 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Contact: Brenda Troy

WOP Clothing Boutique:
The boutique provides free clothing for women, men and children at no cost to the individual. The boutique is open Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. located inside the Mission House. Donations for clothing are accepted Tuesdays thru Fridays at the church. Clothing must be clean and on hangers. No clothing in bags will be accepted.

Contact: Brenda Troy

WOP Conferences/Retreats:
The Women of Power provides each year a retreat for women to come together collectively for anointing prayer, bible study (lectures and preaching),encouragement, fellowship and a host of other activities. During the year there are additional workshops focusing on spiritual, physical and mental growth.

Contact: Cheryl Cosby, Charity Clancy, Kim Palmer

This is a partnership with OSU (Ohio State University) to improve the health status of historically disadvantaged communities by empowering pregnant women to deliver full term healthy babies and to eliminate disparities in infant mortality. This team meets at the church every Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Contact: Brenda Troy

Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry:
This ministry is designed to minister to those who have been infected or affected by this modern day slavery. The focus is to help liberate, build and instruct women and men to reach their God-given potential in Christ Jesus. The ministry was created to assist in providing a safe place for women to escape from this and Domestic Violence and those affected by HIV/AIDS. The ministry is the liaison to connecting victims to social service providers in the United States as well as Internationally.

Contact: Jenice Tate and Brenda Troy

Xtreme Transformation “I Choose to Live”:
The ministry was created to encourage, direct, and teach women and men to take care of their God given temple (the body). The program is a fifteen week study series that provides a guideline to what the Bible says about overeating. The training includes prayer, study, exercise and meal prep training. The participants are assigned a health coach to encourage them along the journey. Biblical based textbooks are used through out the program.

Contact: Brenda Troy

Scripture: Matthew 25:35-36