Salem Campground and Salem Camp Meeting

A panoramic picture of the Salem Campground.

2021 Salem Camp Meeting
The dates for the 2021 Salem Camp Meeting are October 4th through October 10th. A public Sunday morning worship service will be held in the tabernacle on October 3rd at 10 AM with a Bible study that evening at 6:00 PM.

Click here to view the complete schedule for the 2021 Salem Campmeeting.

A live stream of the 2021 Salem Camp Meeting will be available throughout the week! You can go to salemcampmeeting.live to watch.

This year’s ministers are:
Evangelist: Rev. Wesley Pepper – Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference, pastor of First UMC of Amory, Mississippi.

Music Minister: Mr. Chris Smith – Lead Singer of Big Blessin’ of Lucedale, Mississippi.

Host Pastor: Rev. Jonathan Tullos – Provisional Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference, Pastor, Salem UMC and Pleasant Hill UMC in Lucedale, Mississippi.

History of Salem Campground and Camp Meeting
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 now serves as an ex-officio member of the Salem Campground board.

Salem Campground and Salem Camp Meeting trace their beginnings back to 1826 and moved to their present location in 1842. The Salem Camp Meeting has met every October except for two years during the Civil War and for two years during the Spanish Flu pandemic. 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 and 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 camp meeting.

The tabernacle at Salem Campground.