About Us

Salem is a small church but with a big heart. We seek to serve the community and give back as best we can. We do so by participating in the Meals on Wheels, Disaster relief and Angel Tree programs within the local community.

Salem United Methodist Church, est. 1812

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven,…” Hebrews 1:1-3

For over 210 years Salem Methodist Church, now Salem United Methodist Church, has been a place of healing, hope, and help, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually for hundreds of Families and Friends. 

Our worship bulletin states: “Welcome Brothers and Sisters. In Christ we extend the hand of Christian Fellowship and love to all who enter here to worship.”

We are small in number, but giants in love for Christ Jesus and compassion for all people. 

It’s our genuine desire that you will experience the presence of God and our Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus, in the grace-filled presence of the Holy Spirit as we worship together in friendship on Sunday mornings. You are always welcome here.

May God richly bless you,

Thad Collier, Minister 

History of Our Church

Salem UMC at Rockvale is a small country church off of old Hwy 99, five miles southwest of Murfreesboro, Tn. It was established April 26,1812 in the home of Thomas Jarratt, along with Major Robert Smith and Dr. Swepson Sims. There has been a Jarratt and a Smith in each following generation since then. 

The first structure was a log cabin built by Major Robert Smith in 1814 on land given by Major Smith and used for twenty years. In 1835 that cabin was replaced by a brick structure and was remodeled in 1870. It was then replaced in 1903 by the present brick structure.

Outreach Programs

Every month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, GROW and Salem charge volunteers take approximately 100 – 150 evening meals into the community.

These meals are given to the homeless, and home displaced families, who live by the Regal Inn Motel in Murfreesboro.
A local business man lets us use the employee covered picnic area to handout the meals and any donated items.
Frequently we are given hygiene items purchased thru “couponing” (by one of Salem’s members) to share with those we serve.

Often church members also give clothes, coats, shoes, toys, canned goods, and other items to share with those we meet.

We have volunteers who purchase food and supplies, cook, pack the meals and deliver the meals.


All are welcome to participate at any stage. Contact any GROW member or pastor Bob if you would like to become involved.

Most of the food is cooked at home and brought into Farris Chapel Fellowship Hall at 5:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday night.
There is one volunteer who also cooks part of the vegetables at the church and prepares the space for packing the meals.
Volunteers arrive and the meals are packed and boxed.
The meals are then loaded into vehicles and arrive at the picnic area at 6:00 pm.

Another group meets at the picnic area at 5:30 pm and spends time in fellowship, visiting and sharing joys and concerns
with those who came for food.

Each part of the Community Feeding Program begins with prayer and thanks for using our membership to participate
in taking God’s Love into the local community.

This mission project is made possible by donations and the monthly communion rail offerings
from each Charge church (Salem, Old Leb, and Farris Chapel).

The current chair of the Salem Mission program is:
Beryl Pixley
(615) 907-8975

Meet The Staff

Our Friendly Faces and Their Places

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Thad Collier

Interim Pastor

Melonee Oatsvall

Song Leader

Laura Phillips


Mission Statement

Serving the Salem Community for over 200 years, making disciples for Christ.