RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – For more than 40 years, world-renowned pastor Harold E. Salem has aired every Sunday on KOTA-TV to preach the gospel on Christian Worship Hour. Pastor Salem has passed away at the age of 99.
Pastor Harold E. Salem passed away Friday morning surrounded by his family in Aberdeen.
Salem, born in Belle Fourche, began serving the First Baptist Church in Belle Fourche in 1944. After more than 13 years he answered the call to serve at the First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, where he served more 52 years old.
Christian Worship Hour began in January 1979 with the broadcast of the worship service on one television channel, KABY-TV. Christian Worship Hour has grown from a local broadcast in Aberdeen to people around the world through radio and television.
“Pastor Salem has been a part of my life for almost 63 years. I have experienced his remarkable and unwavering dedication to bringing God’s message of forgiveness, love, and heavenly eternity to all. . . it is truly extraordinary. His influence will live on forever, ”said Bill Edwards, President of Christian Worship Hour.
Salem celebrated his 99th birthday in June this year. Supporters marked the occasion with a celebration of ‘social distancing’ – gathering a caravan to celebrate the big day. People were walking past the pastor’s house with birthday signs and balloons in their cars.
Salem is predeceased by his wife, Beulah, who died on Christmas Eve 2005. Salem is survived by his four children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
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