Salem Campground

A panoramic picture of the Salem Campground.

Click here to view the schedule for the 2020 Salem Campmeeting.

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The Salem Campground is located adjacent to the Salem United Methodist Church. The church and the campground were once under the same umbrella, but are now separate entities with separate boards and operations. The pastor of Salem United Methodist Church serves as an ex-officio member of the Salem Campground board. Although the church and campground are separate, the two are still historically connected and share a common heritage.

Salem Campground and Salem Campmeeting traces its beginnings back to 1826 and moved to its present location in 1842. The Salem Campmeeting has met every October except for two years during the Civil War. It is the oldest regularly held Methodist campmeeting in Mississippi.

The grounds consist of several cabins (“tents”) that surround a center tabernacle. The tents at Salem Campground have been in various families for many generations. Some of the lumber from the old Salem Methodist Church building can be found in some of the tents today. Fellowship and home-cooked meals abound in around the tents. Tents for the visiting evangelist, music minister, and host pastor are also located on the grounds. The center tabernacle is where worship and Bible study activities are held during the campmeeting.

The dates for the 2020 Salem Campmeeting are October 4th through October 11th.

This year’s ministers are:
Evangelist – Rev. Andy Stoddard (Pastor, St. Matthew’s UMC in Madison, Mississippi)

Music Minister – Rev. Johnny Crosby (Pastor, Eminence UMC in Collins, Mississippi; also a former pastor of Salem UMC)

Host Pastor – Rev. Jonathan Tullos (Pastor, Salem UMC and Pleasant Hill UMC in Lucedale, Mississippi)

The tabernacle at Salem Campground.