Pastoral History


Rev. Africa Bailey, Founder


Rev. Africa Bailey was a Sergent in 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. Bailey


Rev. A. L. McCargo


Rev. A. L. McCargo became pastor of the Old Gilfield Baptist church in 1934.  In 1940, he merged the congregations of these two churches into one that became known as Salem Gilfield Baptist Church. Rev. McCargo served as pastor until 1970, and was Pastor Emeritus at his death in June 1975.

Rev. L. A. Wakefield

Rev. L. A. Wakefield

Pastor 1971 - 1980

Rev. Charles H. Ryans

Rev. Charles H. Ryans

Pastor 1981 - 1996

Rev. Angelo McBride

Rev. Angelo McBride

Pastor 1997 - 2010

   Rev. Stanford L. 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.