Salem Campground and Salem Camp Meeting

A panoramic picture of the Salem Campground.

Information on the 2022 Salem Camp Meeting

The 2022 Salem Camp Meeting dates are October 3rd through October 9th. A public Sunday morning worship service will be held in the tabernacle on October 2nd at 11 AM with a Bible study that evening at 6:00 PM.

Daily Camp Meeting Activities

Prayer Time 7:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Prayer Time 5:00 p.m.
Children’s Activity 6:00 p.m.
Special Singing 6:30 p.m.
Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
Youth Afterglow following evening service

2022 Music Schedule

Monday: Girls of Grace
Tuesday: Day 3 Trio
Wednesday: Caswell Springs UMC Praise Team
Thursday: Safe Harbor UMC Praise Team
Friday: Big Blessin’
Saturday: Josh Ivey

A live stream of the 2022 Salem Camp Meeting will be available throughout the week! You can go to to watch. Please note that due to copyright laws, we are unable to live stream the special music performances.

2022 Salem Camp Meeting Ministers

Evangelist: Rev. John Branning – Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference, Executive Director of the Methodist Foundation of Mississippi, Army National Guard chaplain.

Music Minister: Rev. Wesley Pepper – Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference, pastor of First UMC of Amory, Mississippi.

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

The 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 Salem United Methodist Church pastor 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.