The First 100 Years

February 8, 1911

  • Salem was organized at 31st & Federal St., Chicago, IL - Rev. James H. Haywood, Pastor

September 22, 1912

  • The Salem Baptist Church moves to 3000 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL (Formally Swedish Covenant Tabernacle)

September 1921

  • The mortgage papers were burned

February 18, 1922

  • Rev. James H. Haywood dies

December 1922

  • Part of Salem's membership split and organized the "Antioch Missionary Baptist Church" 

  • Salem gets a new Pastor, Rev. Bland L. Rose


  • Salem's membership experiences a second split and becomes "The New Covenant Baptist Church" and moved to 37th and Langley Avenue, Chicago, IL

  • Salem Baptist Church is renamed "Greater Salem Missionary Baptist Church" located at 3000 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL


  • Rev. C.C. Harper of Dallas, Texas becomes the new Pastor of Greater Salem


  • Rev. Balou becomes the new Pastor of Greater Salem


  • A third split resulting in the formation of Zion Temple Baptist Church

  • Greater Salem gets a new Pastor, Rev. G.W. Allen


  • Rev. W. Louis Petty becomes Greater Salem's new Pastor

March 1954

  • After Rev. W.L. Petty's death, Rev. Leon Jenkins, Sr. becomes the Pastor of Greater Salem

July 20, 1958

  • Greater Salem M.B. Church moves to current location at 215 W. 71st Street, Chicago, IL

February 16, 1989

  • Rev. Leon Jenkins, Sr. passes

April 20, 1990

  • Rev. Leon Jenkins, Jr. becomes Pastor of Greater Salem M.B. Church

November 24, 2019

  • Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Leon Jenkins, Jr., Min. Georgia Archibald Little & Min. Sheila Harmon, have become the first females in the history of Greater Salem M.B. Church licensed to Preach.

Greater Salem Missionary Baptist Church


215 West 71st Street

Chicago, Illinois 60621

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important notice !!!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Sunday Worship Services at the church building are post-poned, however, our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Leon Jenkins, Jr., is hosting a worship service call-in line on Sundays at 12 noon.


We will continue to communicate with our members via phone calls, text messages, social media and letters.  Check back on this site for updates.

Please remain faithful & not fearful -- God is still in control !!!