Ministers of the church: All the people of Salem

Supporting these ministers:

Reverend Beth Nelson
Rev. Nelson, the daughter of a steel worker, is a born and bred Western Pennsylvanian from Fayette City. She graduated from Belle Vernon Area High School, Otterbein College (now University), and Wesley Theological Seminary.

She has served the Henderson, Mars, Carnegie, and Coraopolis United Methodist Churches. Her most recent assignment was to serve in the position as the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference staff Director of Training and Resources. As wide ranging and important as that job was, she admits that her heart has always been with service as a local church pastor.

Under girding her ministry, Beth has been “deeply blessed by the faith of the poor and the opportunity for the church to make a transforming difference in the lives of so many of God’s children.” This commitment has led her to encourage churches she has served to reach out to their communities by providing a shelter for homeless families, a local thrift store, and preschool programs, thus enabling congregations to take their ministry potential outside the walls of the church.

Commenting on her recent appointment to Salem, she wrote, “I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us.”

Elmira Rizzo, CAGO–Organist and Co-Music Director
Elmira is a Colleague in the American Guild of Organists. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and has played in many area churches. Elmira is employed by Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
Peggy Burr, Co-Music Director
Peggy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ohio State University. She has played clarinet with the North Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra since 1984. She began singing with Salem’s Chancel Choir eighteen years ago. This past year she became the choir director and co-music director. In addition to her involvement with Salem’s music program and performing with North Pittsburgh, she is a private clarinet teacher.
Bonnie Bridge, Secretary
Bonnie has been employed at Salem United Methodist Church for twenty years as part time secretary. She sings with Salem’s Chancel Choir on Sunday. The Bridges have been members at Salem United Methodist Church for 31 years.