Artist painting of Salem exterior
Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. James M. Capers has been serving as Salem's Interim Pastor while Minister Douglas Mmari was delayed in Tanzania.  Minister Mmari serves as our pastor and the developer of the Shalom International Ministry.  He came to Indianapolis through a partnership with the ELCA, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, and Salem Lutheran Church in the fall of 2014.

Douglas and his wife, Upendo, are from Tanzania.  Upendo is a is an optometrist.  They have five children.  Amani is with his parents. Daughters Faith, Glory, and son Immanuel live in Tanzania.  Daughter Neema lives in Minneapolis.

A life-long Lutheran, Douglas worked as an itinerant Evangelist and Bible teacher, mainly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). With Upendo, they founded Hope Ministries Tanzania a weekly radio broadcast in Tanzania. He runs the ELCT radio broadcast in Tanzania, responding to questions from a biblical perspective.  He earned his Bachelor of Theology from International Covenant University, Florida and  Master of Divinity at Association Free Lutheran Bible School in the Minnesota.

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