music ministry

Greetings, and welcome to the Music Ministry page! 

Our ministry exists to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ and encourage His church to worship Him through music. We are always looking for men, women, boys and girls who want to use their musical gifts to help us fulfill our purpose.  Are you a singer? A handbell ringer? Do you play guitar or a keyboard instrument? We need you!  

We are so excited about being part of what God is doing here at Salem! We are still making history after 221 years, and we want you to join us! To get involved, or to get more information about the music ministry, 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 handbell ringers are guys and gals of all ages (high school - senior adult) and we meet in the bell room Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m. We play special music in service as often as possible and would love to add you to our team! Our current season will end on June 30th, but you can contact our director, Mrs. Becky Broaddus (, to get more information. 

Middle School Girls' Ensemble:

We are looking for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls who love to sing to start a new ensemble!  Don't worry - no audition is required, and we will start slowly, learning to sing in unison and practicing onstage with microphones. We'll grow in our skills and confidence together, and who knows what God will do? Parents or students can contact Mrs. Stanley to get more information. 

Salem Kids' Choir:

This high-energy group of kiddos K-6th grades loves to sing and dance, play claves and chimes, and praise the Lord together! Our current season will have its grand finale on Patriot Sunday (June 30th). We will be off for summer break July and August and fall season will begin in September.  We meet Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 in the choir room on the top floor of the Fellowship Hall, and rehearsal dismisses in time for the midweek meal and Wednesday night programming for all ages. Contact Careen Stanley for more information!



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

Ladies’ Ensemble: 

This group of ladies of all ages (high school-senior adult) is constantly forming and reforming, singing several times a year in worship services, on special occasions, and for holiday events at Salem. Singers should be able to hold a part, but not alone, and no audition is necessary.  Our current season will end June 30th, but we will start up again in September. We meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the choir room in the Fellowship Hall, and we would sure love to have you join us! Please contact Careen for more information. 

Praise Band

Our band leads worship every 2-3 weeks, and we’re always looking to add more folks to the team. Rhythm guitar, electric guitar, drums - if Salem is your church and you have the skills, don't wait any longer! Musicians should be proficient on their instrument and able to keep up with a given tempo. Weekly rehearsals are required, and any instrumentalists who aren't quite ready for the stage are welcome to attend practice and then play along (unplugged) from the front row on Sunday mornings. Contact Careen for more information.

Praise Team:

This is a group of vocalists who lead worship with the band or with CD accompaniment in different combinations.  Some have been singing together for years, some are newer to the team, but all are God-followers who are living a lifestyle of worship. 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, Maverick City, Chris Tomlin) we need you!  Not quite ready to audition yet? Contact Careen and schedule a Sunday to lead worship with her as a duet or trio. It’s a low-anxiety way to work your way into the music ministry! 

Worship Choir:

This group of singers spans the generations from high school to senior adult, and we'd love to have you join us! We are learning more about worship, and how worshiping God as a lifestyle gives us purpose and brings us joy. Our current season will end on Sunday, June 30th (Patriot Sunday), but we would love to have you with us when we begin again in the fall! Rehearsals are Sundays from 11:15-12:15  (right after church) in the choir room, and we have a wonderful time together.  If you love Jesus and love to sing, please contact Careen to get more information. We hope to see you soon!