Saleem and Nasreen Shalash
Pastor Saleem Shalash (PhD) is the pastor and founder of Home of Jesus the King Church in Nazareth, Israel, the hometown of Jesus Christ. Saleem was born in the city of Nazareth to a Catholic family and served in the Catholic church for five years, after which he left the church to pursue his own life like many other teenagers in Nazareth. After high school, Saleem enrolled at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to study tourism and graduated a few years later. Saleem then went on to serve as a volunteer police officer in the city Nazareth for four years until he experienced a life-changing event. On August 6, 1994, Saleem was deeply affected by an unexpected and severe accident in which he lost the life of his best friend, and in the aftermath the Lord clearly spoke to him. The Lord himself invited Saleem to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and he spoke to him with these words: “Saleem, someone died today for someone else to be reborn anew.” Those words were intended for Saleem personally. So, Saleem knelt down in prayer and asked the Lord Jesus for his guidance. He was led by the Lord to the Nazarene church in Nazareth, where the Lord awoke a deep thirst in Saleem's heart for the Word of God. He received his first Bible there and started seeking the Lord with all of his heart. Saleem subsequently enrolled at the Bethlehem Bible College where he earned his B.A. degree.
Pastor Saleem went on to serve in a another Baptist church in the town of Nazareth where he served for three years while continuing his studies in theology at the ICB college in Netanya. He successfully earned his M.A in ministry, and it was also there at the ICB that he learned that God had something special in mind for him. During that time, there were 12 Arab pastors and 12 Jewish pastors studying together in the same place, in the same classroom and they all felt what God had said about the last days in Revelation about “Arabs and Jews loving God together,” as well as Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, you nations, with his people,” and they understood that they were living in historical days in Israel doing the will of God. Pastor Saleem continued his studies and on May 20, 2018, he earned his doctoral degree in theology from the international Bible college in Los Angeles.
Pastor Saleem testifies how the Lord did a deep and transformative work in his heart when he was born again, from hating the Jewish people and the land of Israel, to loving the Jewish people and the land where Jesus walked, from believing in replacement theology to believing and receiving the promises of God and Romans 11, regarding the nation of Israel and her people. Pastor Saleem also wrote his doctoral thesis on "How Does the Arab-Israeli Conflict Influence the Theology of Israel?" Pastor Saleem fell in love with the Old Testament, and today, he is teaching Jesus from the Old Testament all across the world from the United States to Europe, Canada, Asia, and to the ends of the earth.
Pastor Saleem has served as the senior pastor at Home of Jesus the King Church for the past 10 years. He is married to Nasreen, and they have two beautiful children, Selman, 19, and Nardeen, 14. Pastor Saleem and his family live and minister in Nazareth. The vision of the church is to reach multitudes of people throughout Israel with the Gospel message of salvation, uniting Arab and Jew as one in Jesus Christ and to prepare the next generation to serve the Lord while being faithful and honest servants of the Lord as they sanctify and bless the city of Nazareth, the town where Jesus lived and prepared for his ministry. Pastor Saleem’s wife serves with him in the church, at Sunday school, and in the women’s meetings. His children also serve in ministry, with his son running the audio-visual systems and his daughter serves in worship. There are many needs at Home of Jesus the King Church, but the most important and critical need is prayer from the believers of the nations for the Lord to bless and protect the work of our ministry in Nazareth, the city of Jesus Christ.