About Us

Who We Are

A body of believers in our Lord, Jesus Christ, who are committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus by feeding the bodies and souls of our community with love and compassion and to binging the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all that they too might become His disciples.

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Reverend Eric McKee, Sr.

"Pastor Eric"

pastoreric.SalemUMC@gmail.com

Voicemail:  (864) 735-7744

Our Pastor

Welcome to Salem! ALL are welcomed here.

 

I am so glad to have the opportunity to serve this community of faith and I am excited about God’s plans to grow His church in this congregation and the surrounding community. I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and to tell you what you might expect when you come and visit.

 

About me: I’m a regular guy. It’s been a long road from my wonderful Christian upbringing by 2 amazing parents to returning to a walk of faith some 28 years after I walked away and then 11 more years until I answered God’s calling on my life and became a pastor. I am a recently retired Chief Warrant Officer from the United States Army. I served our Country for more than 36 years. I am married and have seven children and two grandchildren. I love Barbecue!

 

As to what you might expect if you were to come and visit Salem United Methodist Church, my first Sunday here, I made the following statements/promises to our congregation:

 

  •  I spent 36 years and 8 months in the Army and National Guard. God is still in the process of sanctifying my mouth so if you hear me slip, I ask for forgiveness and grace.

  • I don’t have a poker face. Whatever I’m feeling on the inside is written in large, bold type font in neon colors all over my face.

  • I have very strong political beliefs, but my politics are between me, God, and the ballot box.  You won’t see them on Facebook and you won’t hear them from the pulpit while I’m here no matter how badly I may be tempted.

  • What you will hear is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” I am holding you accountable to hold me accountable on this. If my sermons don’t point to Jesus, I expect to be Called Out!

 

I would love for you to come and visit our wonderful church.

History of Salem United Methodist Church

Salem Methodist Church was the direct outgrowth of the work of Bishop Francis Asbury. In 1813, Bishop Asbury established a prayer meeting that continued until 1836. In this year, the Salem Church was organized as a result of the prayer meeting begun by the great pioneer preacher twenty-three years earlier.

The site of the original Salem Church was on the Aaron Payne place near Stanton Bridge about five miles from Greenville. The location of the church was moved to its present location, 2700 White Horse Road, in 1850.

The present sanctuary was built in 1951 and the current educational building was consecrated April 7, 1968. The Family Life Center was dedicated November 30, 1986.