CWH President

Bill Edwards, current President of Christian Worship Hour has been associated with the ministry since its inception. Bill was also the Executive Producer for the Heart of a Shepherd film about the life of Pastor Harold E. Salem. Bill has been married to his wife, Karen, for 52 years and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Bill has generously volunteered his time and talents.  We are grateful for his service to CWH to fulfill our mission of telling the world of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

CWH Vice-President

Mike Salem, current Vice-President of Christian Worship Hour and youngest son of Pastor Harold E. Salem has been associated with the ministry since 1979. Mike is not a pastor but felt led by the Lord to host each broadcast. He owns a few local businesses. Mike has been married to his wife, Brenda for 24 years and they have 3 children and one dog.



We are grateful for Mike's service volunteering his time which allows us to continue to spread the Good News through this ministry that was so loved by his father, Pastor Salem.

Office Staff

Stacy has been with the Christian Worship Hour since August 2020 and is the Office Manager. Stacy is thankful to have joined our team and enjoys visiting with viewers all over the country and is grateful to be able to have just a small part in encouraging others in their walk with the Lord. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has 1 married son and 1 daughter in heaven.

Kent has been working with the production staff at Christian Worship Hour for over thirty-five years and continues as the show's Producer today. He became part of the full-time staff at Christian Worship Hour in January 2017. Kent is the Social Media Specialist and works to communicate with our audience through today's digital media. Kent has three grown sons, one grandson, and one dog named Raini.

Kristi handles the finances for the Christian Worship Hour. She feels blessed to be part of the ministry since joining our staff in March 2015. Kristi has been married to her college sweetheart since 1981 and previously was a computer programmer who homeschooled their two sons from kindergarten through high school.

Betsy is grateful to have joined the CWH team and this precious ministry in July 2022. She gathers prayer requests for the prayer team, compiles the memorials and dedications for the monthly "A New Song" newsletter, processes daily mail from our friends/viewers, and assists with our prison ministry. She is married and they have 2 daughters.

Lisa has been with Christian Worship Hour since January 2012 and truly feels blessed to be a part of our Christian ministry. Lisa prepares the monthly "A New Song", responds to our viewers' and listeners' mail and organizes Pastor's numerous resources to be distributed. She is married and they have 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law and 1 son.

Paulette has been with the Christian Worship Hour since September 2017. She feels blessed to be part of this Christian ministry. Her duties include entering online donations, processing mail from viewers, and sending donation receipts. She is married and has two married children and two granddaughters.

Joyce began working for Christian Worship Hour in December, 2020 and really enjoys the variety of the position as well as seeing how many followers of Pastor Salem’s ministry there are. Joyce sends out the requested books, DVD’s, literature and sermons. She is married and they have three married children and seven grandchildren.



In June of 1978, Hank was moved by the Spirit of God to develop the Christian Worship Hour, after enlisting the help of an attorney friend.  The Constitution for the Christian Worship Hour was developed.  CWH received certification as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation in December of that year.  Hank then served as the President of the Christian Worship Hour for many years.

Hank's Gospel music ministry began in 1975.  Hank was inducted into the South Dakota Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.  He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.  Hank has recorded 22 Gospel CDs plus 9 other custom-made CDs to date.  You can obtain a list of his CDs via email at; or by requesting a list via "snail mail" by letter to 2012 Prospect Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401; or by calling (605) 262-0365.

Click here to contact Hank through our Contact Us page. Thank you and God bless!


Janice grew up on a family farm near Leola, South Dakota. Her family was very active in the local Baptist church where her mother was the church pianist and she often sang with her three sisters and one brother. She went on to earn a BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Jan works for a photography studio and she and her husband Randy grow corn and soybeans on their farm north of Aberdeen.


Melissa was born and lives in Aberdeen, SD. She is married with three grown sons. She began piano lessons at eight and also plays the guitar. She has played keyboard in a local Christian band and at church. Melissa loves the Lord and is so happy to serve Him by playing and singing on the Christian Worship Hour.


Barb was born and raised in Dell Rapids, SD. She attended NSU in Aberdeen. There she met and married Daryl and they raised four children. The family began attending First Baptist in Aberdeen where Harold Salem was Pastor. Barb began singing in the choir there and later began singing solos. She worked at K-Mart from 1974 to 1999, and then worked at the public library. Since her retirement, she has volunteered at Aberdeen Christian School as a school board member and served school lunches. She also sings with a women's group from the local Senior Center and with Christian Worship Hour. She enjoys reading, Sudoku, Minnesota Twins Baseball, and gardening.

Production Crew

Current Production Crew

Today’s crew produces our new hosted program format which features Mike Salem introducing his Dad’s timeless messages as well as a call to Salvation at the end of each program. This crew is committed to continuing Pastor Salem’s desire to honor and glorify God, bring sinners and unbelievers to Christ, and comfort God’s people through timeless broadcasts proclaiming the Word of God.

Front row: Kent & Shaun

Back row: Lisa, Betsy, Bill, Mike, & Stacy

Former Production Crew

The CWH production crew had more than 95 years of combined experience in producing the CWH live church service broadcast. Larry mixed the sound for the special music, Kent was the producer, and Mark projected the on-screen graphics. Mike, Kevin, and André were the remote control cameramen. They all were dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Left to right: André, Mark, Mike, Kent, and Kevin.

Not pictured:  Larry