Our Staff

Dan Read



Pastor Dan started his ministry at Salem UMC on July 1, 2023 and came to us most recently from Sugar Hill UMC in Texarkana and First UMC Lewisville. His wife Reverend Corey Read is also a United Methodist pastor and is serving Oak Forest UMC and Western Hills UMC in Little Rock. They have one daughter Alyce who is five years old.

Pastor Dan is originally from Kansas City and loves BBQ, Chiefs Football, hunting and fishing. Pastor Corey is from Jacksonville Arkansas. They met while attending Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

Three things Pastor Dan values about pastoral ministry in The United Methodist Church are: 1) the way we work together to support one another especially among his clergy colleagues, 2) the diversity of thinking within our congregations and our focus on theological education, and 3) the rich relationships that are built in our churches and creating church families united in the Spirit.

Denise Willoughby


Russell Powell
Director of Youth Ministries


Lori Canada
Director of Children Ministries


Reuben Canada
Director, Information & Technology


Laura Cross
Director, Praise Team

Staff Openings

Join our Team

We have a nursery worker position available for Sunday mornings. This position will be every other week with potential for special occasions. If you are interested, or know someone that is interested, please let Lori Canada know at Lori@sumcb.org.  Please see the full job description linked below along with application form.

Nursery Worker


To provide dependable, safe, secure, and nurturing care to the children while at Salem UMC, ages 0-3 years in a clean environment. 



Termination Policy: 

Immediate termination will occur in cases of intentional verbal, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect of any child, parent, or church member. Termination may occur for failure to carry out job duties as described above or failure to comply with the “First United Methodist Safe Gatherings Policy”.