*Gary D. Phillips
Pastor of Visitation
Rev. William Childs is a former pastor of Salem U.M. Church. Upon his retirement he and his wife, Faye and son, Andy moved back to the Greater Columbia area. It was Fay’s choice for them to return to Salem. It was our good fortune that he was willing to take on the role of helping to keep the church connected with our members that are currently not able to be active any longer in the life of the congregation.
Director of Outreach and Youth Ministries
Director of Creative Ministries
Director of Children’s Ministries
Business / Finance Manager
Angie Lain is the Business and Finance Manager. As the title implies she handles almost everything finance related. She is directly related to the Finance Committee, she records income and prepares the out flow of funds for the church. She manages to keep up with each of the small groups and their cash flow. She tracks our spending. Make reports to and for the Finance Committee. She receives or pledges and tallies the result as well as prepares the pledge campaign materials. She handles, in a very private and discrete manner, our background checks to verify Safe Sanctuary compliance. She handles all matters of employee compliance with regards to hiring processes at the direction of the Staff Parish Relations Comm. She is the person to talk to if there is a question about the church budget or about your contributions to it. Angie worked for Salem for many years, then took about a year off to travel wither husband as he worked out a military contract assignment in Germany. Angie is a three day a week person being in the office Monday through Wednesday.
Director of Music
Ms. Sarah Bridges is the director of all things musical here at Salem. She directs our Chancel Choir, the children’s choir, the youth choir and coordinates the Handbell Choir. She is also the Director of Choral Activities at Mid-Carolina High School. A native of Georgia, she came to South Carolina for graduate work at USC and stayed after to begin her career. She gets great results from her entirely volunteer Chancel Choir and enjoys helping them learn new abilities and to delight in the final results of praise to God in the context of Holy Worship.
*Miriam Y. Lovett
Ms. Stephanie Knott came to us simply to play piano for our Choir practices and Sunday worship services. Since beginning with us she has settled into life here and made her skills a dynamic part of our worship time.