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. 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, Pastor
Rev. Wakefield served as Associate Minister from 1966 – 1971. He served as Pastor from 1971 -1980.
Rev. Charles H. Ryans, Sr.
Rev. Charles H. Ryans, Sr., was elected pastor of Salem Gilfield on April 21, 1981, and retired as the pastor of Salem Gilfield on December 31, 1996.
Rev. Angelo McBride
Rev. Angelo McBride was elected pastor of Salem Gilfield on March 9, 1997, and served until October 25, 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”.