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Pastor Olds

Pastor Jeff Olds

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
Season: Fall
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
Sport: Basketball

Least Favorites:
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.