Staff

Dr.

Heath Rickmond

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Heath graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion and furthered his studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. There he received an Advanced Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy with concentrations in Systematic and New Testament Theology.

Heath has served as Youth Minister at Midway Baptist and Larchmont Church, Pastor of Southside Baptist Church, and taught Bible, Math, and Computer at Christian Academy of Louisville.

Heath enjoys reading, movies, games of all types, coffee, different types of food, good conversation, and spending time with family.

Heath and his wife Jackie have two children, Ansley and Elias.

He has been Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist since September 2019.




Director of Music & Children's Ministries

Peggy Campbell Hale

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Peggy graduated from Hollins College, now Hollins University, majoring in music. She holds her M.S. in Music (Education) from Radford University.

She has taught piano and organ privately and taught in the public school system. She has served in varying positions at three churches.

Peggy enjoys working in the yard, reading, playing and teaching piano.

She has been a part of the Salem Baptist staff since 2002.




Elder

T. Shephard

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A Vinton native, Mr. Shephard has grown up and lived in the area all his life. He came to know the Lord as a young adult, and has actively served the Lord since his conversion. He joined Salem Baptist in 1988 and has been active in many roles and positions in the church. He has taught Sunday School for many years. He became an elder in 2017.

Mr. Shephard is retired from his 30 years career at Howell Motor Freight in 2019. He and his wife, Tina, have 2 sons.




Elder

Andy McArthur

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A native of Michigan, Andy came to Christ at age 22. He moved to the area to take an engineering position with General Electric, where he met his wife Vanessa. Andy and Vanessa have two adult children, Jordan and Amy, and have been members of Salem Baptist since 2001. Andy has served in many roles including deacon and teacher. He has been an elder since 2017.

Now retired from GE, Andy continues to enjoy restoring and operating vintage railway equipment with the Roanoke chapter of the historical society and playing baritone horn in the community band.




Elder

Steve Reynolds

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Steve grew up at Salem Baptist where his parents were members. Saved in his early twenties, Steve fervently loves his Lord and has taught Sunday School for decades. He has served as an Elder since 2017.

Steve and his wife Sherry have two married sons and 6 grandchildren.




Assistant to the Pastor

Kevin Cox

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A Liberty University Graduate, Kevin joined the staff as an intern in February,  2019. Kevin’s family began attending Salem Baptist when he was 8. Growing up in the church, Kevin was active in the Youth Ministry and has gone on mission trips.

Kevin is currently a member of the Bonhoeffer House through which he is taking seminary courses from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves the church by leading the youth group, teaching Sunday school classes and seminars, and managing curriculum in addition to other administrative staff responsibilities. 

Kevin is married to his wife, Kayleigh, who also helps him with youth group meetings and activities.




Front Desk

Linda Markham

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Linda, a Salem born native, has been a member of Salem Baptist since 1973. She and her husband Larry have faithfully served the church in many different roles with joy and gladness.




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