Rev. Africa Bailey, Founder (1865)


The original Salem Church was founded in a Brush Arbor with a Sawdust Floor in late 1865.  The original pastor was Rev. Africa Bailey, a Sergeant in the Union Army during the Civil War.  By 1867, Salem’s congregation had grown to 242   members and they were worshiping in a solid frame building at the corner of Carolina Street and Tennessee.

See additional historical details included on the “Our History Page”.

Rev. A. L. McCargo

Rev. A. L. McCargo Served as Pastor from 1934 – 1970 Served as Pastor Emeritus from 1970 – 1975

Rev. A. L. McCargo

Rev. L. A. Wakefield

Served as Association Pastor from 1966-1971 Served as Pastor from 1971-1980

Rev. L. A. Wakefield

Rev. Charles H. Ryans, Sr.

Served as Pastor from 1981-1996

Rev. Charles H. Ryans, Sr.

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Rev. Angelo McBride

Served as Pastor from 1997-2010

Rev. Angelo McBride

 

Rev. Stanford H. Hunt, Pastor

2012 – Present

Rev. Stanford L. Hunt came to serve as worship leader on February 13, 2011. He was elected pastor of Salem Gilfield on Saturday, February 25, 2012. He preached his first pastoral sermon on February 26, 2012. His installation services were held on May 6, 2012.

See Additional details on the, Pastor’s Page”.