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 13th - Friday, July 20th, 2018! 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 $9.00 for breakfast (children: $7.00), $12.00 for lunch/dinner (children: $9.00) 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 14th 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.

Future dates

If you like to plan ahead, our future dates are: July 12 – 19, 2019, July 10 – 17, 2020, July 9 – 16, 2021.

 

Meet This year's leaders

Rev. Dr. George Mathison
Preacher

 Before recently retiring, Dr. George Mathison served as Senior Minister of Auburn United Methodist Church (AUMC) in Auburn, Alabama for 26 years. Auburn UMC was his third church to serve, and previous churches include Saraland United Methodist Church in Saraland, Alabama, and Kingswood United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Under his leadership, Auburn UMC grew to over 4,500 members.  A native of Opelika, Alabama, Dr. Mathison did his undergraduate work at Young Harris Junior College, received his bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College and his M. Div from Emory University. His doctorate was received through the Sewanee-Vanderbilt Joint Doctor of Ministry Coalition. Dr. Mathison has authored 8 books and has served as the team chaplain for the Auburn football team.  He and his wife, Monteigne, have been married since 1970. They have one daughter and twin grandsons.  

Before recently retiring, Dr. George Mathison served as Senior Minister of Auburn United Methodist Church (AUMC) in Auburn, Alabama for 26 years. Auburn UMC was his third church to serve, and previous churches include Saraland United Methodist Church in Saraland, Alabama, and Kingswood United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Under his leadership, Auburn UMC grew to over 4,500 members.

A native of Opelika, Alabama, Dr. Mathison did his undergraduate work at Young Harris Junior College, received his bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College and his M. Div from Emory University. His doctorate was received through the Sewanee-Vanderbilt Joint Doctor of Ministry Coalition. Dr. Mathison has authored 8 books and has served as the team chaplain for the Auburn football team.

He and his wife, Monteigne, have been married since 1970. They have one daughter and twin grandsons.  

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. Andrew Covington
Youth Minister

  Andrew Covington is currently serving as one of the Pastors at Griffin First UMC as the Lead Pastor of The Branch.  Before moving to Griffin, Andrew planted Connexion UMC in Covington, and served as the Minister to Students and Contemporary Worship at Conyers First UMC. 

Andrew Covington is currently serving as one of the Pastors at Griffin First UMC as the Lead Pastor of The Branch.  Before moving to Griffin, Andrew planted Connexion UMC in Covington, and served as the Minister to Students and Contemporary Worship at Conyers First UMC. 

Rev. Dr. Luder Whitlock
Preacher

 Dr. Luder Whitlock is currently the Executive Director of The CNL Charitable Foundation, the Seneff Family Foundation, and President of Excelsis.  After nearly ten years as a pastor, Dr. Whitlock joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 1975 and in 1978 was appointed President, a position he held for 23 years. Under his leadership, RTS grew from a small regional school to one of the most innovative as well as one of the ten largest seminaries in North America with seven campuses in the US as well as a virtual campus and gateway extension programs around the world. His years of ministry have been marked by an effort to bring mutual understanding and cooperation within the worldwide evangelical community.  Dr. Whitlock is a graduate of the University of Florida, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Mary Lou, have 3 children and 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Luder Whitlock is currently the Executive Director of The CNL Charitable Foundation, the Seneff Family Foundation, and President of Excelsis.

After nearly ten years as a pastor, Dr. Whitlock joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 1975 and in 1978 was appointed President, a position he held for 23 years. Under his leadership, RTS grew from a small regional school to one of the most innovative as well as one of the ten largest seminaries in North America with seven campuses in the US as well as a virtual campus and gateway extension programs around the world. His years of ministry have been marked by an effort to bring mutual understanding and cooperation within the worldwide evangelical community.

Dr. Whitlock is a graduate of the University of Florida, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Mary Lou, have 3 children and 11 grandchildren.

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 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 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.

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.

 

The Daily Schedule  

FRIDAY, JULY 13   

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 14 

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 15

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 16  

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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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