We are led by the Spirit,

taught by the Word.

- Salem Plumbline -

Salem Pastors

Harper Compton  email

Executive Pastor

Pastor Harper joined the Pastoral Staff in 2017 and serves as Executive Pastor. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Religion degree.


Harper and his wife Sydney were married in May of 2014 and have three children: Madison, Hudson, and Tinley.

Rick Clinard email

Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Rick has been on staff at Salem since 2007. He holds a Bachelors in Bible, Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Biblical Studies from Piedmont International University.


Rick and his wife, Jill, were married in 2001 and have three children: Eli, Ella and Owen.

Dwayne Carson  email

Pastor of Christian School Ministries

Pastor Dwayne served as Head of School from 2018-2022. Previous to coming to Salem, he was a church planter in Columbus Ohio as well as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. Dwayne holds a Pastoral degree and a Greek Minor as well as a Master’s in Religion from Liberty University.


Dwayne and his wife Donita have 4 children (Kristi, Katie, Kirk and Klayton) and one grandson.

jimmy Barrett  email

Member Care Pastor

Pastor Jimmy has served on the Pastoral staff since 2022 as Member Care Pastor. His focus is ministering to our Salem Seniors through their weekly ministry, special events and visiting our shut-ins.

Pastor Jimmy has served in a similar role previously and has taught Sunday School for many years at Salem as well as at his previous churches. He and his wife Susan have been married since 1978 and have three children (Amy, Nick & Tiffany) and seven grandchildren.