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Salem Full Gospel, Bothasig? I’m often asked what does Salem mean?
The answer - PEACE!

We need peace. Peace of God that passes all understanding but also peace with God. Peace with God can only be found in trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. Peace is found in making Jesus @ Home in our lives.

John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

Oh! And by the way Salem Full Gospel Church is part of the church Denomination Full Gospel Church of God in Southern Africa.

Salem was founded by Pastor Hensie Vroom in 1972. The building was dedicated to the Lord in 1974.


Around us the Covid virus threatens us and we try to do all the right things, mask, distance and we elderly take extra vitamins we don't tell that we holding on hoping this virus will pass by and not notice us. But more and more of our friends and family are gone.

I reached a comfortable place (because I quote all the scriptures correctly) Phillip and I are going to be ok for now I need to get milk and bread and a "chokkie" for Phillip. I'm happy chatty with the Pick n Pay staff as he helps me put my groceries in the car. I drive off not knowing that death awaits me as my car is hit twice and the pain surges through my body, i feel myself being crushed and with super strength I get out of my car to collapse.

My world has changed my comfortable place exchanged with ICU, I am not sure where I am even thinking I am kidnapped. The medical team do their best and I fight them all the way until I sink into a realisation I touched death and what sustained me was my silent prayer as | repeated over and over: "I know that my Redeemer liveth".

Nearly 3 months later I'm battling I am not in a comfortable place, I cry, I pray maybe I have sinned many thoughts surge through my mind and I ask myself the question: "Is there a God?”. So much confusion mixed with coping with my physical condition, my legs won’t hold me and unless I drink the painkiller I don't survive. There is a God.

I am in Woollies and there I see three beautiful proteas and I have an urge to buy them buy them for myself but R119 for 3 proteas is baie geld! That day I buy nothing else but 3 proteas I am about to experience the reality of an awesome God. My pastor sends me a video clip a clip about the Protea and I find that just like the Protea coming out of the ashes I will rise again. He has given me beauty for ashes, I mourn no more because God sent me a personal message from His heart. I looked at the 3 Proteas I had arranged and saw the awesome magnitude of the Trinity. I now truly know that, “my Redeemer liveth.."

Jean Engelbrecht

Meet Our Team

My name is Paul van der Merwe, Senior Pastor here at Salem; and I have had the privilege of pastoring Salem since 1996. What an adventure it has been doing team with my colleagues Pastors Dwight Lang and Pierre Botha.

Our Leadership

Elders – Eugene Hope, Chris Odendaal, Derek van Diemen and Stephen Jooste

Deacons – Anthony Snell, Bertie Cloete and Kobus Schietekat

Team member

Paul van der Merwe


Pastor Paul grew up in Grahamstown. He gave his heart to Jesus age 9 in the Port Alfred Full Gospel Church. Ordained and married 1988 in Westering FGC Port Elizabeth.

His passion is pastoring, caring for people. He loves discipleship, visiting “the greens” with his golf clubs, on a Monday morning, a favourite pastime. And yes, if you don’t know a “You will never walk alone” fan, LFC.

Team member

Dwight Lang


Pastor Dwight is a born and bred Cape Tonian and has been in full time ministry at Salem Full Gospel since 2008. Ordained in 2014, Dwight is also a certified Community Services Chaplain having completed his Level 3 chaplaincy training with the TIACSC.

He is married to Tamsyn and they have a daughter, Everleigh. Dwight is passionate about wood carving and is an avid supporter of greatest football team in the world, Manchester United.

Team member

Pierre Botha


Pastor Pierre attended school in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. He retired as a technician at the age of 55 and was ordained as a pastor in 2021, right here at Salem. Pierre is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.

Pierre is passionate about preaching the Gospel in prison, training pastors in Zambia and helping others in their ministry.

Pierre loves early morning walks, reading biographies, watching old cowboy movies, and spending weekends away with his wife. Pierre is a supporter of the Springbok rugby team especially when they beat the All Blacks.

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