Meet our staff. They would love to meet you and say "Hello" on your next visit!
Joel Pigg has been the pastor of Salem since 2006. He is a graduate of Union University. Salem is Joel's first and only church pastorate. Joel was called by the Lord into the full-time gospel ministry from a lucrative sales & marketing career in telecommunications. During his years of ministry here at Salem, the Lord has richly blessed the Salem congregation. Beginning with just under 50 members, Salem is now the church home of over 200.
He and his wife, Suzanne, have been married since 1983 and have two grown children. They are the parents of daughter Brittany and her husband, Rev. Joseph Brasher of Murfreesboro. As well as son Ryan Pigg who lives and works in Milan. Joel and Suzanne have three granddaughters; Ellie Grace & Abby Brasher and Breiah Pigg. During their spare time, Joel and Suzanne are avid motorcyclists. Harley Davidson, of course!
Salem welcomed Todd Kirk as their Associate and Student Pastor in August of 2020. Todd is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Salem is the second church Bro Todd has served at in Tennessee since being called into the ministry in 2009. He has served in full-time ministry since 2016. A majority of Todd's focus here at Salem is directed to our middle and high school students as well as our children.
Todd and his wife, Annetta have been married since 2002. They have two children, Leah and Joseph, who both participate in our Student ministry! During their family’s spare time, the Kirks love to kayak, hike, ride bikes, fish, and hunt (Okay, so the fishing and hunting are more Todd and Joseph!) Todd and Annetta are excited to see all the ministry opportunities God is providing in our community and hope to share God's Word and love with as many young people as God places in their lives!
Steven and Wendy Tate have been married for 27 years. They have two girls, Riley Jo age 22 and Molly age 20. Riley is busy as she is currently finishing her education journey as a Physician’s Assistant and Molly is scheduled to finish Dental Assisting school soon! Steven and Wendy stay busy as they manage their Grocery and Convenience Store businesses. They love spending any free time they can squeeze in with their girls just relaxing at home!
Steven & Wendy Tate have served in Music Ministry for the past 20 years in area churches across Gibson and Obion counties. They made Salem their church home in November of 2018. Steven brings a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music to our services each week thru moving videos, praise & worship teams as well as individual specials from the abundance of talent we have at Salem! We invite you to come and worship with us!!!
Tina has been serving as secretary at Salem since 2011. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1985. Upon graduation from Dyersburg State Community College in 1992, she was employed by the State of Tennessee District Public Defender first as a legal secretary but she took over as Office Manager in 2003 where she is still currently serving.
She is the mother of Stefanie who is a children’s pastor and hairstylist. Stef’s husband, Eric Stone, is a math teacher and football coach at Northview Middle School in Newbern. They are the parents of Lillian and Duke. Tina enjoys hanging out with her family, going to the beach, Lady Vols basketball, and Green Bay Packers football.