About Our StaffServing Together
Eric Lane Email
Rev. Eric Lane comes to Salem from Mineral Springs
UMC. Eric previously served Ebenezer UMC in Granite
Eric has an undergraduate degree from North Carolina
State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from
Hood Theological Seminary. His favorite part of ministry
work is connecting with people and doing life together.
In his spare time, Eric likes to go kayaking, hiking, and ride his motorcycle.
Catch him if you can!
Cheryl Barker Email
Director of Music and Fine Arts
More About Cheryl
What I like about Salem: I love watching God find ways to use gifts and talents of church members who may not be aware of their gifts, but my favorite thing about Salem is that it feels like family and home because everyone is accepted no matter what and and loved with the love of Christ.
A few fun facts: I love antiques. I love science fiction movies. I am a collector of snowmen, Santas, nutcrackers, bells, & Hummel figurines. I make dream catchers along with other crafts. I enjoy watching the Carolina Panthers and, of course, the Purrcussion drumline. Popcorn is my favorite snack. Miriam Robinette and I are co-writers of a version of the “Doxology” that is sung at Salem UMC.
More About Kelly
What I like about Salem: From the first day I stepped foot in Salem UMC it felt like family. Salem is not the building but it’s the people and these people are amazing. They are the hands and feet of Jesus. Most of all I love leading worship at Salem with our talented band.
A few fun facts: I grew up in rural New York on a dairy farm. I didn’t give my life to Christ until I was 22. I currently live on a mini-farm with 2 horses and chickens. I love gardening and working outside almost as much and I love leading worship.
Drew Neill Email
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
More About Drew
What I love about Salem: Along with the infectious kindness and generosity of the people of Salem, this church has the heart and mentality of David. Nothing can stand in the way of people of Salem whenever there is a need, a cause or a challenge to support or rally behind.
A few fun facts: I enjoy going to Clemson games, as well as the Panthers and any baseball game around. I also love concerts, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, a variety of music and anything involving Jerry Seinfeld. All of that pales in comparison to what I love most, spending time with Angie and our three kids.
Beth O’Brien Email
Office & Financial Administrator
More About Beth
What I like about Salem: What I love most about Salem is the people. We are a caring, generous bunch who are growing in faith together.
A few fun facts: I am a Clemson University graduate, an avid reader of biographies and true crime stories, a hiker, a soccer mom and a crazy cat lady
Jenny Reilly Email
Director of Christian Education
More About Jenny
What I like about Salem: Salem has a family feel where people care for one another. They want the best for you and for all God’s people.
A few fun facts: I love to travel. I have been to over 15 countries, but there are so many more to see as well as trying to get to as many National Parks and states as possible. I also enjoy photography, playing flute, and watching crime shows.
I have been at Salem since January 2005. I earned my Bachelor Degree in Religion (and Math) from Greensboro College and Master Degree in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University. I grew up in The United Methodist Church and have always valued its connection to the larger church, bringing people together for the purpose of following Jesus, making disciples, and transforming the world. I enjoy spending time with my husband Dan, our three children, and numerous pets.
What I like about Salem: I really love that people from a variety of places and backgrounds have found a place here, but my favorite thing about Salem is its ability to laugh with one another.
A few fun facts: I love traveling to new places and have been to over 27 US states and 15 countries, I cheer for the Cardiac Cats aka the Carolina Panthers, and I enjoy going to anything in which my children are involved – including baseball games, concerts, & dance competitions.
More About Gary
What I like about Salem: The PEOPLE. They are friends and neighbors and are willing to help you when you cannot do it yourself.
A few fun facts: I love to hunt and garden and be in God’s great outdoors.