Salem Camp Meeting

August 1 - 5, 2021

6:30 pm nightly service

Saline county is full of history with the Salem Campground and the heart. Annual camp meetings are a type of outdoor revival meeting that various denominations gather to fill ecclesiastical and spiritual needs for different populations as they moved west. In the Salem community, the Salem Campground has been home of the Salem Camp Meeting as early as 1837. We are home to an open air arbor that has been a part of Saline county history.

For a full history of Salem Camp meeting and details be sure to check out their website and facebook group.

The 2021 Salem Camp Meeting is being held on August 1 - 5. There will be a nightly service at 6:30 p.m. with singing, worship, and preaching. Come join the old time tradition for any denomination for this week of worship!

This year's community service is two-fold. The first is to get a cup of lemonade for a donation to our local foster care support group, The CALL. The CALL in Arkansas serves foster families all across the state to assist with supporting those that are in foster care.

The second is collecting new or gently used books for the Salem Elementary School. These will benefit local residents for increased access to books and ability to take home with them. These books will be supplement what their library already provides.

Schedule for 2021

Song Leader: Randy Mason

Pianist: Kathleen Dockery

Sunday, August 1

Rev. Mark Norman - Highland Valley UMC

Rev. Mark Norman is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1992. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College with Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy/Religion. He went on the receive a Masters of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.


Mark enjoys preaching, worship leading, various kinds of music, bible study and mission.

Brother Mark has been blessed to serve at St. James-Lonoke, Swope Park-Kansas City, Wesley Chapel-Little Rock, Saint Paul-Maumelle, Rossville UMC-Kansas, and Associate Pastor at Benton First. Before being appointed to Highland Valley he was the District Superintendent of the Southeast District in the Arkansas Conference.


In 2016 and 2020 Mark was elected to be the lead clergy delegate to General Conference. He a member of the executive team of the South Central Jurisdiction Episcopal Committee.

Rev. Norman has been blessed to be married to Rev. Natasha Murray for 23 years. They are the proud parents of Kelly Murray-Norman and Mylas Murray Norman.


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Monday, August 2

Rev. Todd-Paul Taulbee - Sheridan First UMC

Rev. Todd-Paul R. Taulbee was appointed as senior pastor to First UMC of Sheridan in June of 2018. Since graduating from Hendrix College (B.A.) in 1994 and Duke University (M.Div.) in 1997, Rev. Taulbee has served as associate pastor at Trinity UMC, Little Rock; started a new church (Foundery UMC) in Lowell; as pastor of Lakeside UMC in Lake Village; as senior pastor of First UMC of Bryant; as senior pastor of First UMC of Morrilton; and as senior pastor of First UMC of West Memphis.

He has been married to Elizabeth, (an English and Oral Communications teacher at Sheridan High School) for 26 years and they are proud parents of Sara, a rising freshman at Sheridan High School. Together the Taulbees enjoy their Labrador Retrievers, Quinn and Dawkins, traveling, watching Sara play soccer, and Duke basketball. But don’t hold that against them.

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Tuesday, August 3

Rev. Hammett Evans - Asbury UMC

Rev. Dr. Hammett Evans came to Asbury UMC in July of 2021. A third-generation Methodist pastor and double-preachers’-kid, Bro. Hammett grew up in parsonages in Dallas, Texas and Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Dumas, and Jonesboro, Arkansas. He responded to the call to ministry while a student at Hendrix College by serving as youth minister at FUMC Maumelle and as student local pastor of the Quitman, Damascus, and Enders Charge. After earning his B.A. from Hendrix in 1992, Hammett served as a youth pastor at FUMC Batesville and FUMC Crossett, where he also led the music ministry.

Hammett pastored Mount Zion UMC while he was a student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. At Candler he served as a chaplain intern at Metro State Prison, a correctional institution for female offenders in south Atlanta. After graduating from Candler in 2002, Hammett served as a minister of the Wymondham-Attleborough-Watton Circuit in Norfolk, England. Since then, Hammett has served United Methodist Congregations in Bryant, Fordyce, and Monticello Arkansas.

Bro. Hammett received a Doctor of Ministry from Candler in 2020, with an emphasis on Church Leadership and Community Witness. He is passionate about bringing congregations of diverse people together around a common vision that makes a positive difference in their community.

In 2002, Hammett married Michelle Pounds, a native of Hamburg, Arkansas. Michelle works for AState Childhood Services, where she does professional development for early childhood educators and trainers across Arkansas. Together they enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, music, movies and TV, and riding their bikes on the Arkansas River Trail.

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Wednesday, August 4

Rev. Natasha Murray - St. James UMC, Pine Bluff

Rev. Natasha Murray is a native Arkansan. A lifelong learner, Rev. Murray earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Harding University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Arkansas State University and Master of Divinity with an emphasis in evangelism from Saint Paul School of Theology. Rev. Murray is an ordained Elder in Full Connection and is a member of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the historical St. James United Methodist Church also in Pine Bluff. Rev. Murray is married to Rev. Mark. Norman. They are the proud parents of two college students Kelly and Mylas Murray-Norman.

Thursday, August 5

Rev. Roy Smith - Trinity UMC

Roy Patterson Smith is a native of Pine Bluff, AR. Hater graduating from high school there, he attended Hendrix College. After graduated from there, he went to seminary at Duke Divinity School.

Roy has served the following appointments Rowell Circuit, associate at Lakeside, England-Keo, Prescott-Fairview, Malvern, Conference Director of Ministry, FUMC Russellville , and Trinity UMC in Little Rock where he serves currently.

Roy’s wife Sandy is a professor of Emergency Management at ATU. They have two children Andrew and Martha. Andrew is married to Rachel and they have a son named Joey.