New Salem United Methodist Church has a great team of paid staff, and volunteer leaders.
Meet our team here:
A native of Rutherford County North Carolina. Graduate of Appalachian State University 1977 BSBA. Worked in textile industry management. Call to Ordained Ministry in 1983. Graduate of Duke Divinity School 1986 M.Div. Graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary 2003 D.Min. Thirty years service in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as an Elder. Appointments: Belmont: St.Mark's UMC; Randleman: Mt.Lebanon UMC; Tryon: Tryon UMC; Greensboro: Moriah UMC; Jefferson: Jefferson UMC; North Wilkesboro: First United Methodist Church North Wilkesboro; Welcome: Center UMC; Weaverville: Weaverville UMC; Statesville: New Salem UMC. The School of Pastoral Care North Carolina Baptist Hospital: CPE 1995; Stephen Ministry Leader; Reynolds Program in Church Leadership. Building Teams: Puerto Rico; St. Croix; Dominican Republic; Pilgrimages to: Holy Land; Footsteps of Paul in Greece: 2018: Wesley Heritage Tour.
Married to Amelia B. Franklin. Home in Tryon, NC. Favorite pastimes: visiting with family and friends; Blue Ridge Parkway; Hanging out in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. Favorite teams: ASU Mountaineers, Duke Blue Devils, Carolina Panthers.
Director of Music
A North Carolina native, Dr. Mary Lee Cooke was raised and presently resides in Mecklenburg County. After graduating from North Mecklenburg High School, she furthered her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received a DMA in Vocal Performance.
Dr. Cooke has been the Music Director here at New Salem since 2010. In the years prior to this, she served Methodist churches in Concord and Huntersville, N.C. In addition to directing church choirs, she has taught voice and performed in opera, oratorio and community theater. Presently she is an Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.
Dr. Cooke’s interest in Civil War history fueled her research in songs of that era created by Southern women. Her dissertation, Southern Women, Southern Voices: Civil War Songs by Southern Women, was published in 2008.
I was born and raised in Statesville, NC. I am a widow and have one son. I began attending New Salem UMC in 1983. I currently work as a Help Desk Technician at Carolina IT Professionals, as well as being the Nursery Worker at New Salem.
By Faith Cleaning Service/Sharon Goad
We are a family owned Christian Cleaning Service I left my full time job to start my cleaning service 9 years ago....
My business is my Ministry... I love serving our Lord, Love meeting new people and making friends... I specialize in Commercial Cleaning/ Offices and Churches... We are honored to be able to provide our services to your Church Family.