About Greater Salem

OUR HISTORY

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Greater Salem Church is the second oldest African-American church in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC. Established in 1874 as Salem Baptist Church, the humble beginnings of the ministry grew to become one of the cornerstones of the faith community in Charlotte.

Sunday mornings, the church bell could be heard from miles around. Reverend Henry Barnes was the first pastor elected to serve the small community of Baptists from the Paw Creek and Hoskins communities. The small community of believers known as Salem Baptist Church survived many transitions and overcame many transitions. Each of the pastors who served between and 1874 and 2010 continued to build upon the rich tradition that was established by the group of faithful believers who worked tirelessly in 1874. Eventually, the name of the church was changed from Salem Baptist Church to Greater Salem Church to include more than just Baptist believers.

10629712_626190144156143_3205260112256765499_nIn January of 2011 Bishop Porter was named the interim pastor. Later in 2011, on May 4, 2011, Bishop Porter was elected by a super-majority of the congregants and installed on June 4, 2011 as the 12th Senior pastor of Greater Salem Church.

For over 140 years, Greater Salem Church has continued to be a source of spiritual training and direction. Our purpose is to connected people upward to God, inward to themselves, outward to others and forward to their destiny.

OUR TEAM

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

SENIOR PASTOR

BISHOP

ALAN G. PORTER

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FIRST LADY

ELDER

ANNETTE R. PORTER

OUR CHURCH STAFF

Bishop Alan G. Porter, Senior Pastor
Spiritual Leader and Visionary of the Church and Church Operations

Elder Annette R. Porter, First Lady
Women’s Ministry Leader; Health and Wellness Coordinator

Elder Wayne Bass, Campus Pastor/Evangelism & Outreach
Oversees the life and development of The Connecting Place Northeast

Elder Tonisha Johnson, Director of Spiritual Formation
Oversees the educational development, spiritual growth and The Connecting Community Partnerships

Elder Varnell Gray, Director of Ministries
Oversees the growth and wellness of the our church ministries

Minister Bridget Potts, Director of Music & Arts
Oversees the music and performing arts (dance, step, etc.) entities of the church

Minister Anthony Downing, Co-Youth Pastor
Oversees Branded Youth, Branded Babies, Generation Next, and Youth Affairs

Minister Alonzia Downing, Co-Youth Pastor
Oversees Branded Youth, Branded Babies, Gem to Jewels, and Youth Affairs

Deacon Reggie Grier, Men’s Coordinator
Facilitate Mens Ministry Events

Deacon Stanley McCluney, Men’s Coordinator
Facilitate Mens Ministry Events

Deacon Travis Mauney, Business Officer
Oversees the business endeavors and fiscal matters of the church

Mrs. Tashia McCluney, Church Administrator
Oversees the administrative functionality of the church

Elder Barry J. Elliott, Executive Administrator

Oversees Social Media, Public Relations and Administrative Aid to the Senior Pastor

Elder Barbara McCorkle, Accountability Administrator
Provides support to various ministry leaders

Sister Kibibi Cunningham, Accountability Administrator
Provides support to various ministry leaders