Plan your visit

STAY FOR A WORSHIP SERVICE, A DAY, OR THE WHOLE WEEK!

Everyone is welcome at Salem Campmeeting and we'd love for you to join us Friday, July 14th - Friday, July 21st, 2017! On the campground, the dress is casual and the pace is slow.

Each day we have worship services in the tabernacle at 11:00am and 8:00pm with special music starting 15 minutes before. You can view this year's preaching and guest choir schedule below.

We also have daily Bible classes open to the community Monday - Friday for all ages from 9:30am-10:30am that meet in Salem United Methodist Church. And throughout the week, we have lots daily activities for adults, students, and children including crafts, games, and more! You can view a detailed schedule of these events here.

While many people who stay for the week stay in one of the tents on the campground, the hotel has a limited number of rooms available each year and RV hookups ($75/week) are available for camping. You can call Wayne or Kim Hicks at 770.786.6841 for availability.

EAT WITH US

Join us at the historic Salem Hotel for breakfast at 8:00am, lunch at 12:30pm, or dinner at 6:00pm or 7:00pm! Our 125 seat dining room is the perfect place for individuals to make new friends and for groups to fellowship together.

The menu can be found by clicking here.

To make reservations, call Wayne or Kim Hicks at 770.786.6841. The costs are $8.00 for breakfast (children: $6.00), $11.00 for lunch/dinner (children: $.00) and are payable at the hotel.

Run with us

Register here for the third annual Salem Sweet Spirit 5k that will be on Saturday, July 15th at 8:00am! 

GETTING THERE, GETTING AROUND, & PARKING

Salem Campground is located just 3 miles off of exit 84 on I-20 in Covington, GA. Our address is:

3940 Salem Road
Covington, GA 30016-4529

We're located right next door to Salem United Methodist Church and across the street from the Salem Volunteer Fire Department.

The tabernacle is at the center of the campground and the hotel is adjacent to the parking lot next to Salem United Methodist Church.

You can park in the church's parking lot or behind any of tents on the campground. From there, feel free to walk around the grounds! Golf carts are available for those who need assistance moving from parking areas to the tabernacle before each service. In order to take advantage of one, please make your way to the porch of the hotel, let someone know, and we'll pick you up.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions, please call our caretakers Wayne or Kim Hicks at 770.786.6841 or email us through our contact page here.

 

Meet this year's leaders!

Rev. Dr. Charley Reeb
Preacher

Charley Reeb currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Pasadena Community Church (UMC) in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology and his D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has written for Circuit Rider & Preaching magazine and is the author of four books. His latest book, “That’ll Preach! Five Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever,” was just released in May. Charley teaches preaching for the Course of Study school at Candler School of Theology and the License to Preach school for the Florida Conference of the UMC. Charley is married to Brandy Reeb. He also writes online at www.charleyreeb.com.

Charley Reeb currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Pasadena Community Church (UMC) in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology and his D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has written for Circuit Rider & Preaching magazine and is the author of four books. His latest book, “That’ll Preach! Five Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever,” was just released in May. Charley teaches preaching for the Course of Study school at Candler School of Theology and the License to Preach school for the Florida Conference of the UMC. Charley is married to Brandy Reeb. He also writes online at www.charleyreeb.com.

Rev. Andrew Covington
Youth Minister

Andrew Covington is currently the Lead Pastor at Connexion UMC @ North Covington in Covington, Georgia. Before planting Connexion, Andrew was the Minister to Students and Contemporary Worship at Conyers First United Methodist Church. 

Andrew Covington is currently the Lead Pastor at Connexion UMC @ North Covington in Covington, Georgia. Before planting Connexion, Andrew was the Minister to Students and Contemporary Worship at Conyers First United Methodist Church. 

Rev. Joshua Hudson
Youth Minister

Joshua Hudson is currently the Youth Minister at Conyers First United Methodist Church. He and his wife Jennifer are proud parents of Lya (10) and Jack (3). Joshua is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God (Cleveland TN) and hails from North Carolina.

Joshua Hudson is currently the Youth Minister at Conyers First United Methodist Church. He and his wife Jennifer are proud parents of Lya (10) and Jack (3). Joshua is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God (Cleveland TN) and hails from North Carolina.

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
Preacher

  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson is the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. A Florida native, Bishop Haupert-Johnson (or “Bishop Sue”) received her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and her M. Div. from Candler School of Theology. She was a federal law clerk and a litigator with the Tampa law firm of Carlton, Fields before she answered her call to ministry. Bishop Sue has served large-membership churches across Florida and as the North Central District Superintendent of the Florida Annual Conference. She serves as the chair of the Alumni Board of Candler School of Theology at Emory University and on the Board of Trustees of Bethune Cookman University. She is married to Rev. Allen Johnson and they have one daughter, Samantha.    

 

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson is the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. A Florida native, Bishop Haupert-Johnson (or “Bishop Sue”) received her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and her M. Div. from Candler School of Theology. She was a federal law clerk and a litigator with the Tampa law firm of Carlton, Fields before she answered her call to ministry. Bishop Sue has served large-membership churches across Florida and as the North Central District Superintendent of the Florida Annual Conference.

She serves as the chair of the Alumni Board of Candler School of Theology at Emory University and on the Board of Trustees of Bethune Cookman University.

She is married to Rev. Allen Johnson and they have one daughter, Samantha.

 



 

Thomas Roberts
Platform Leader

Mr. Thomas R. Roberts has been our music director and platform leader since 1989. He serves as Principal and Chief Operations Officer of Green3Power Operations, Inc. and BioPower Operations, Inc., which are international environmental engineering, management, and consulting firms with offices in the United States and Dubai, UAE. Green3Power specializes in privatizing municipalities' Solid Waste Facilities to Energy, Gasification Technologies, Water, and Waste Water Treatment Plants. He is a Past President of the National Construction and Demolition Recycling Association.  Mr. Roberts has served as full-time director of music in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches from 1966 to 1992. He and his wife, Susan, served as the directors of the Chancel Choir at Christ Church United Methodist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from 1998 through 2007. During the fall of 2009 through January 2010, Tom served as Interim Director of the Chancel Choir of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tom and Susan reside in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where their daughter Catherine, her husband Michael Givens and grandson Thomas Drake (T.D.) live nearby. 

Mr. Thomas R. Roberts has been our music director and platform leader since 1989. He serves as Principal and Chief Operations Officer of Green3Power Operations, Inc. and BioPower Operations, Inc., which are international environmental engineering, management, and consulting firms with offices in the United States and Dubai, UAE. Green3Power specializes in privatizing municipalities' Solid Waste Facilities to Energy, Gasification Technologies, Water, and Waste Water Treatment Plants. He is a Past President of the National Construction and Demolition Recycling Association. 

Mr. Roberts has served as full-time director of music in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches from 1966 to 1992. He and his wife, Susan, served as the directors of the Chancel Choir at Christ Church United Methodist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from 1998 through 2007. During the fall of 2009 through January 2010, Tom served as Interim Director of the Chancel Choir of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tom and Susan reside in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where their daughter Catherine, her husband Michael Givens and grandson Thomas Drake (T.D.) live nearby. 

Rev. Dr. Jason Dees
Preacher

Jason Dees is currently leading a church plant, Christ Covenant Buckhead, in Atlanta. He is the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia and has since pastored Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Jason received his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Theology from Southern Seminary. He is married to the former Paige Raynor and they have 3 children (Emery Anna, John Kellis, & Raynor). Jason writes online at www.thinkthroughit.org.      

Jason Dees is currently leading a church plant, Christ Covenant Buckhead, in Atlanta. He is the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia and has since pastored Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Jason received his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Theology from Southern Seminary. He is married to the former Paige Raynor and they have 3 children (Emery Anna, John Kellis, & Raynor). Jason writes online at www.thinkthroughit.org.
 

 

 

Alice Walker
and
Becky Ramsey
Duo-Pianists

Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, identical twins, are originally from Atlanta, Georgia. They both hold BA degrees from Agnes Scott College, and have earned two certifications from the American Guild of Organists, Colleague (CAGO) and Associate (AAGO). Playing duets together since the age of five, they have been pianists at Salem Campground since 1971.  Alice is Organist and Director of the Ambassador Choir and Handbell Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Covington, where she is also Moderator of Presbyterian Women. She has recently been appointed Leader of District Five of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. Alice is a past Certified Lay Speaker of the United Methodist Church and has served as President of the Clergy Spouses of the Atlanta -Roswell District and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She is past Regent of the Colonel John McIntosh Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, where she won the Best of Class national prize for Musical Composition.  Becky is Organist and Director of Music for Senior Adults at Covington First United Methodist Church and is Director of Spiritual Growth for the United Methodist Women. She holds the Conference level certification as Lay Servant of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Becky received the Outstanding Young Woman of the Arts Award and the Outstanding Officer Award from the Covington Service Guild of the Georgia Association of Women's Clubs, and was presented the Outstanding Young Woman of America award.  Alice is married to Ken Walker, retired from WSB Television, and Becky to Sam Ramsey, President of Ramsey Furniture Company and former Mayor of Covington.

Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, identical twins, are originally from Atlanta, Georgia. They both hold BA degrees from Agnes Scott College, and have earned two certifications from the American Guild of Organists, Colleague (CAGO) and Associate (AAGO). Playing duets together since the age of five, they have been pianists at Salem Campground since 1971. 

Alice is Organist and Director of the Ambassador Choir and Handbell Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Covington, where she is also Moderator of Presbyterian Women. She has recently been appointed Leader of District Five of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. Alice is a past Certified Lay Speaker of the United Methodist Church and has served as President of the Clergy Spouses of the Atlanta -Roswell District and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She is past Regent of the Colonel John McIntosh Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, where she won the Best of Class national prize for Musical Composition. 

Becky is Organist and Director of Music for Senior Adults at Covington First United Methodist Church and is Director of Spiritual Growth for the United Methodist Women. She holds the Conference level certification as Lay Servant of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Becky received the Outstanding Young Woman of the Arts Award and the Outstanding Officer Award from the Covington Service Guild of the Georgia Association of Women's Clubs, and was presented the Outstanding Young Woman of America award. 

Alice is married to Ken Walker, retired from WSB Television, and Becky to Sam Ramsey, President of Ramsey Furniture Company and former Mayor of Covington.

 

The Daily Schedule  

FRIDAY, JULY 14  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Covington First UMC Picnic at Pavilion  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Alice Walker & Becky Ramsey play grand pianos  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Conyers First UMC Choir  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

SATURDAY, JULY 15  

8:00 a.m. Salem 5K Run or Walk  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:00 a.m. Bobby & Karen Milton Wide World of Salem Sports

11:00 a.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Smyrna First UMC Youth Choir
Haitian Orphan Choir

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel

12:30 p.m. Youth Lunch at Ramsey Pavilion  

1:00 p.m. Youth Activities  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Special Groups Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Jason Dees
First Baptist Church of Covington Choir  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

SUNDAY, JULY 16  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:45 a.m. Sunday School at Salem Church

10:40 a.m. Alice Walker & Becky Ramsey play grand piano selections

10:50 a.m. Covington First UMC & Salem UMC Choirs

11:00 a.m. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Conyers First UMC Picnic at Pavilion  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. North Ave. Presbyterian Church Choir  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Jason Dees  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

MONDAY, JULY 17  

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotional at Tabernacle  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages

11:00 a.m. Dr. Jason Dees
Covington First Presbyterian Church Ambassador Choir
Covington First UMC Singing Saints

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Cannon UMC Choir  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

TUESDAY, JULY 18  

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotional at Tabernacle  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages

11:00 a.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Rockdale Baptist Church Joyful Seniors

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Jason Dees
Lithonia Joyful Messengers

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19  

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotional at Tabernacle  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages

11:00 a.m. Dr. Jason Dees
Zion Baptist Church Jubilee Choir

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

4:00 p.m. Salem Trustees Meeting    

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Snellville UMC Choir  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

THURSDAY, JULY 20  

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotional at Tabernacle  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages

11:00 a.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
First Baptist Church of Jonesboro Glory Singers

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Jason Dees
Crossroads UMC Choir  

9:30 p.m. Youth Activities

FRIDAY, JULY 21  

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotional at Tabernacle  

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Salem Hotel  

9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages

11:00 a.m. Dr. Jason Dees

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Salem Hotel  

6:00 p.m. Supper at Salem Hotel  

7:00 p.m. Supper for Special Groups at Salem Hotel  

7:45 p.m. Special Music  

8:00 p.m. Dr. Charley Reeb
Zion Baptist Church Celebration Choir  

9:30 p.m. Candlelight Closing Service