Pastors of the South Salem Presbyterian Church

Pastors 1752 – 1902, with dates of service

Rev. Solomon Mead
1752 – 1800 — the only pastor of the church buried in the church-yard, close to the scene of his labor. Baptized 912 children and adults, and married 666.
Rev. John Ely
1804 – 1812 —
Rev. Jacob Burbank
Sept 22, 1813 – 1817
Rev. Charles F. Butler, A.M.
June 4, 1820 – 1823
Rev. Stephen Saunders
1823 – 1834
Rev. Reuben Frame
October 9, 1834 – 1850
Supply
Vacant for nearly two years following
Rev. Aaron L. Lindsey
November 24, 1852 – 1868;

Rev. Daniel S. Gregory
1869 – 1871
Rev. Thomas M. Gray
1871 – 1876
Supply
Vacant from 1876 – 1879
Rev. Henry J. Owen
1876 – 1878; served as stated supply
Rev. George A. Seeley
served as stated supply for about a year and a half following Rev. Owen’s service.
Rev. George M. McCampbell
March 12, 1879 – July 30, 1882
Rev. John M. Buchanan
Supplied the pulpit for several months in 1883
Rev. Lyman D. Calkins
1884 – 1886
Rev. Manfred P. Welcher
1888 – 1893
Theodore Langdon Van Norden
May, 1894 – 1897
Rev. James Lilburn Jewell
April, 1899 – 1907

Pastors 1908 – present, with dates of service

Rev. William Arthur Thomas
1908 – 1918
Rev. Ernest Wood
1919 – 1937
Rev. Edwin M. Wright
1937 – 1941

  • 1937 part-time salary was $100 per month; Rev. Wright studied and taught in New York City during the week.
Rev. Douglas Vernon
1941 – 1943
Rev. G.H. McClelland
1943 – 1947
Rev. Harvey M. Smith
1947 – 1951

  • Held the distinction of being the youngest minister ever ordained by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
  • Served as visiting pastor from 1951 – 1976
Rev. Wesley Ellison Megaw
1952 – 1960

  • 1953 salary was $3,750 in a total church budget of $9,285
Rev. Paul H. Young, Jr.
1960 – 1975
Rev. Henry Little, Jr.
Assistant Pastor; May, 1967 – December, 1970
Rev. Harold Hunter
Interim Minister; Summer, 1975 – June, 1976

  • Was pastor at the time of the dedication of the new church on October 19, 1975
Rev. H. Scudder Edwards, Jr.
July 18, 1976 – 1992

Rev. Nadine Hundertmark
1994 – 2008
Rev. Ned Beckes (interim)
2008 -2010

Source for information through 1977: The History of the South Salem Presbyterian Church 1752-1977.