Pastors & Staff

  • Lead pastor

    Kevin James is a native of Virginia, born and raised in Winchester.  He graduated from John Handley High School, The University of Virginia and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and Brenda met at the BSU while attending UVA, Brenda in the School of Nursing and Kevin in the School of Education.  They married in 1983 when Kevin graduated.  Brenda completed her BSN the following year and they headed to Louisville for seminary.  After graduating with an MDiv in Pastoral Care and Counseling and celebrating the birth of their first child, Katelyn, they returned to Virginia to serve Braddock Baptist in Alexandria as Associate Pastor.  Eighteen months later they received a phone call that would change everything.  After many meetings, visits and much prayer Salem Baptist extended a call to Kevin to become their pastor.  Emily was born the next year and Corey four years after that.  For more than 25 years we have served Christ and this community.  We have been blessed to see the Lord grow His church and His people.  We have seen children, teenagers and adults come to Christ and grow in faith.  Missions opportunities have lead us to serve here in Caroline, SWVA, the US and the world.  We can only hope that the Lord will continue to lead and guide us as we serve Him together, living out our passion for Christ with purpose everyday!!!

  • Minister of students and families

    Shannon Kiser graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Biblical studies with a concentration in Youth Ministry. He was ordained in 2010 by Southern Baptist Churches. He has served two decades in youth and children’s ministries. His passion is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and teaching the bible. He loves making disciples & sharing the gospel with students, parents and the nations. He is married to Anne, they connected from serving in ministry throughout Thailand. They have a son Isaiah,  and daughter Alisha. Shannon's oldest daughter is Jocylynn and Anne is her step mom. Our student ministry exists to produce CHRIST-LIKE students, who are proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, serving Jesus in ministry and glorifying God in every aspect of their life. (Based on 1 Peter 1:16 & Matthew 28:19 & 20 and Mark 12:28-31)

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  • Music director

    Careen Stanley is a PK (pastor’s kid) from California. She grew up singing in church – her family traveled and sang for revivals, church services, associational meetings, weddings and choir sings all over San Diego County. She began directing ensembles while still in high school, and directed her first choir as a college senior. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1991 with a B.A. in Music and took her first Music Director position at a church that same year. She served in that same church, working with adult and kids’ choirs, a praise team/band, and specialty ensembles, until April of 2007, when God moved her husband’s job to Fredericksburg, Virginia and their family relocated to Bowling Green.

    Between 2007 and 2013 Careen stayed busy, homeschooling her three children all the way through high school, working part-time teaching and directing for CYT Fredericksburg, and being involved in the music and AWANA ministries at Salem Baptist. In 2013 she accepted the position of Music Director, and has been working to train and equip musicians to grow and develop their God-given talents, and then use those talents to help lead the people of Salem in worship and service.

  • secretary

    Gayle Terry grew up on her  family farm in Hanover County with a sister and four big brothers. Gayle graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Agriculture Education. GO HOKIES!!!  She has been married to Dougie for decades and they have three children, a son in law and two grandkids.  For fun, Gayle and her family like to do anything on the Chesapeake they can possibly get into!  Gayle came on staff at Salem in December 2008, and she loves serving with her church family and all the opportunities for ministry at Salem. Email: Church Number: 804-633-5583

  • chairman of deacons

    Randy Thomas is currently the chairman of deacons. Salem Baptist Churches deacons are our hands and feet of Jesus. They are here to serve you in any way they are able. If you need help with something they are here for you. You can find out who your deacon is through Breeze app or your welcome to email the current chairman at