Pastor of Music and Worship
(phone extension 113)
Pastor Olds joined the Salem staff in August 1994 and is our longest tenured pastor.
Areas of Ministry: Oversees the worship ministry (plans and leads worship; directs the Worship Choir, Senior High Choir, Youth and Adult Handbell Choirs; manages the Middle School Choir and the Graded Choir program)
Family: Maria and I have been married for 18 years. We have one daughter, Karis Marie.
Testimony: I grew up in a Pastor’s home and made a decision when I was seven years old. I didn’t really understand the magnitude of this commitment until I was 19 years old. At 19, I gave my life to Christ whole-heartedly and have trusted and followed Him ever since.
Education: Attended Baylor University my freshman year and then transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne College (now Lenoir-Rhyne University). Graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1983, and then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Graduated from Southwestern in 1987.
Work: Full-time music ministry for 27 years. Minister of Music and Youth at Central Baptist Church in Hickory, NC for almost 7 seven years. Associate Pastor for Music/Worship at Salem Baptist Church for over 17 years.
Food: Cheeseburger and Fries
Snack Food: Cheese
Movie: The Jason Bourne Series
TV Shows: Survivor; Amazing Race
Actor: Matt Damon
Time of Day: Late Evening
Place in the World: Prague, Czech Republic
Recreational Activities: Running
Scripture: Psalm 104:33
Bible Story: The Children of Israel crossing into the Promised Land
College Sports Team: Duke Blue Devils
Food: Cole Slaw
Season: Summer gets pretty monotonous with all the hot days
Time of Day: Early Morning
Sports Team: Miami Hurricanes
Best Thing Someone Said to You: You are a Man of God and I trust you.