Who we are

Our vision

Salt Church exists to help you know and follow Jesus

Our greatest desire is for all people to know and follow Jesus. He alone has the power to change, satisfy, and send you to speak life to a dying world. When you come to Salt Church, the Gospel will move in your heart and change you from the inside out for God's glory and your good. We hope to reach the town of Bloomington-Normal and the campus of Illinois State University so that they know Jesus.

Our story

Salt Church was planted out of Keystone Church, in Ankeny, Iowa. We're part of a church planting network, called The Salt Network, that desires to reach the next generation through planting strategically in college towns. When we saw the campus of Illinois State University, we saw how many students could be saved and sent by Jesus. We responded to the call and "put our yes on the table".

Our team

Daniel Nemmers

Lead Pastor

Jonah Christiansen

Salt Director

David Nelson

Worship Lead

Hannah Diggs-King

Salt Company Staff

Kalin Berkland

Office Assistant & Coordinator

our values

Why are we doing this?

The Gospel

“Jesus over everything”. We believe that Jesus, who He is and what He has done for sinners, is the greatest news in the world, so we value promoting and propelling that message. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10)

The Next Generation

“Reach the campus, reach the world”. We believe that the university campus is one of the most strategic places for gospel ministry in the world, so we value reaching students through The Salt Company. (Psalm 78:5-7)


“Our LITERAL neighbors LITERALLY need Jesus”. We value leveraging our lives for the good of our neighborhoods and the glory of God. We believe God puts us where we are with intentionality, so we want to live where we are with intentionality. (Matthew 22:36-40)


“Following Jesus is our highest calling”. We believe that the pathway to a flourishing life is becoming more like Jesus, so we value the process of spiritual development. (1 Cor. 11:1 )


“More people, more leaders, more like Jesus”. God’s mission is multiplication, not addition. We multiply leaders, connection groups, and churches beyond Bloomington-Normal. (Matt. 28:19-20; Eph. 4:12-16)


“Everything we own is a gift”. We are generous with our Treasure, Talents, and Time to build God’s kingdom, not ours. (2 Cor. 8:1-9; 1 Tim. 6:18-19)

Shared Leadership

“We empower multiple voices” to lead and serve our church. We call it plurality. (2 Timothy 2:2)

our Beliefs

The Scriptures
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
God's Purpose of Grace
The Church
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
The Kingdom
Evangelism and Missions
Last Things
The Family
Final Authority For Faith and Conduct