music ministry

Greetings, and welcome to the Music Ministry page! 

Our ministry exists to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ and encourage His church through music. We're looking for men, women, boys and girls who are interested in using their musical gifts to build up God's church. Are you a singer? A handbell ringer? Do you play guitar or a keyboard instrument? You can help us accomplish our mission!  

We are busy rebuilding after COVID closings last year, and we're excited about what God is doing here at Salem! If you would like to get involved in, or need more information about music at Salem, please contact me at  I can also be reached by texting 804 867 7374. 

God bless!

Careen Stanley
Music Minister, Salem Baptist Church

Bells of Salem

Our ringers are guys and gals of all ages (high school - senior adult) and we meet in the sanctuary Wednesday nights from 6:15-7 p.m. We play special music in service as often as possible, and would love to add you to the team! Our director is Mrs. Becky Broaddus ( and you can contact her for more information.

CrossHope Girls’ Ensemble: This student vocal group (middle-high school) has been singing together for three years now, and we're leading worship once a month, as well as preparing specials throughout the year. We’re working on 3-part harmony skills, using good singing techniques and excellent diction, all for the glory of God. Vocalists must audition, and should be able to hold a part – but not alone. If you’d like to join the group, please contact Careen Stanley to make an appointment. 

Instrumentalists: We’re always looking for instrumentalists! If you play a solo instrument and would like to contribute to the music ministry either in regular services or for a special occasion, please contact Careen. 

Ladies’ Ensemble: This group is constantly forming and reforming, singing 4-5 times a year in Salem's worship service. Invitations go out after each performance, looking for new or returning singers. If you would like to be a part of the next season (Summer 2021), contact Careen ASAP.  Singers should be able to hold a part, but not alone, to join this group.  Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8 p.m. in the choir room in the Fellowship Hall.

Praise Band: The band leads worship every 2-3 weeks, and we’re always ready to add more folks to the team. Rhythm guitar, electric guitar, drums, vocals - if Salem is your church and you have the skills, don't wait any longer! Vocalists must audition and should be able to hold a part (melody or harmony). Instrumentalists are welcome to play along with the band from the front row until ready to hit the stage. Are you a singer who is not quite ready to audition yet? Contact Careen and schedule a Sunday to lead worship with her as a duo or trio. It’s a low-anxiety way to work your way into the music ministry! 

Praise Team

This is a group of vocalists who lead worship using CD accompaniment on alternate weeks and in different combinations.  Some have been singing together for years, some are newer to the team, but all are God-followers who are learning how to worship as a lifestyle. They are strong singers who are working hard to improve their skills so they can lead our congregation in authentic worship. If you're a confident, flexible singer with a love for contemporary worship music (think Elevation, Phil Wickham, Vertical Worship, Matthew West, We the Kingdom, Chris Tomlin) contact Careen Stanley to get started!