At Salem Covenant Church, we are encountering God, equipping people and extending the gospel.  We strive to be a vibrant community of Christ-followers who draw this current generation into an encounter with Jesus Christ, and to equip all to share His love and truth with others.


Pastor Steven Osborne was born in Welkom, South Africa. He attended the Apostolic Faith Mission Seminary and Rand African University in 1996-1998. He accepted a position as Team Pastor for a company called Acts Ministries from 1996-2000 and had the opportunity to minister to kids in High Schools and various denominations all over South Africa.
After graduating from Rhema Bible College in the year 2000, he accepted a full-time position as youth pastor in Secunda, South Africa. Steven married his wife Venessa in April 2000.  He started Resash ministries and was in ministry there until he accepted the position as youth pastor at the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church in May 2003 and served there until 2011. He spearheaded Y.U.C.K. (Youth Under Christ’s Kingdom) Ministries, which is recognized as one of the most successful youth ministries in Fairmont. A daughter, Hailey was added to the Osborne family in 2008.  
In July of 2011 Steven became the youth pastor of Salem Covenant Church in Duluth, where he started TEXT Student Ministries. He served as youth pastor at Salem for six years. Following the retirement of the lead pastor, Dave Peterson, Steven was voted to be the lead pastor in April of 2017. 


Joe Florestano began his temporary Youth Director position on June 12 until our permanent Youth and Worship Director, Christo Moller and his Natasha are able to relocate to Duluth from South Africa.

Joe was born and raised in Duluth. His family attended Salem for a few years when he was in grade school. Since then he has been connected at Lakeview and First Covenant.  Doing ministry in this area has become his passion. He graduated from high school at Duluth East and went on to study secondary mathematics at UWS. He graduated in January and has been teaching math at Denfeld in the capacity of a long-term substitute. His interests include: sports, reading, music, board games, and nerdy things like studying the history of Middle Earth. He also has a great love for youth ministry, and has been blessed with several opportunities to work with youth, both at Covenant Park Bible Camp and at First Covenant Church.