Our Staff

SENIOR PASTOR-Nick Shaffer

Nick has been the Senior Pastor at WSBC since 2006. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1990 and then Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997.  He married his wife, Gretchen in 1991, they have four sons (Sam, Jake, John, Gabe) and one daughter (Cami).

PRAISE AND WORSHIP LEADER-Gretchen Shaffer

Gretchen began leading worship at WSBC in 2006 when she and her husband came to serve at the church. She also leads a women’s Bible study and loves to serve the local church in any way she can. She and Nick grew up together in a small town in Pennsylvania and have been married since 1991. Gretchen loves to cook for a houseful of people, watch and support her five children in all of their various activities, and relax on the beach. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR-Erin Carroll

Erin began serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at West Salem Baptist in 2013. She has a Master’s of Teaching Degree in Elementary Education from UVA and formerly taught 3rd grade at a local elementary school. Erin and her husband Nathan were married in 2006 and they have two children, Julia and Mason. She enjoys board game nights with her family, hiking,  and cheering for UVA.

MINISTERIAL SUPPORT MANAGER– Maddie Thoren

Maddie began serving as the Ministerial Support Manager in 2022. Maddie recently made the move to Salem from Canton, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mansfield University in 2020 and previously worked as a Ministry Assistant at a church in Pennsylvania and in the Pennsylvania public school system. She enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and reading.

CHURCH FINANCIAL SECRETARY -Rebecca Grubb

Rebecca began serving as the church’s financial secretary in 2022. She graduated from Liberty University in 2016 and formerly worked as a Financial Officer for a Real Estate Brokerage. She currently works as a local Realtor in addition to working at the church. Rebecca and her husband Conner recently married in 2021 and they enjoy camping, movie nights with friends, and beach trips to Daytona with their families.

Elders

Les Carpenito

John Cline

Jerry Grubb