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Our Leadership

Pastor Kaleb and First Lady Dawn Barnum

Pastor Kaleb and his family came to New Salem in the spring of 2019 to serve as the interim pastor. In August of 2021 Pastor Barnum became the Senior Pastor. Pastor Kaleb has a deep passion to minister to people of all colors, generations, and background. Kaleb and Dawn have five children and six grandchildren.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Community

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1904 in Tampa, FL. Throughout its history, the church has served as a bright beacon of  faith, hope, and love beyond its four walls.

New Salem is committed to sharing the love of God and the message of Good News throughout the world.  We welcome people of all ages & cultural backgrounds as we joyfully celebrate worship and fellowship, and carry out ministries of evangelism, discipleship,  education, community outreach, and global missions. New Salem’s holistic ministries address the needs of the whole person as well as the whole community.

If you visit New Salem you will find:

  • Membership open to all who accept Christ as Savior and Lord
  • Relevant – Celebratory – Creative Worship
  • Timely and Timeless Christ-centered messages
  • A trained and dedicated ministry
  • Some of the best in Church Music and Christian Education
  • A concern for all God’s people and their needs

New comers to the Area are extended  a warm invitation to worship and unite with us.

Our Story

Demonstrated by living our core values: compassion, growth, courage to act, responsibility, belonging, curiosity. You can see them cultivated in every experience for students, families and staff.

Community is everything. It’s who we are and how things get done. Everyone here is motivated by a deep commitment to making sure each child and family feels welcome and included. When everyone feels like they belong, we are stronger and smarter together. We’re a community driven to make the world a better place—starting in our own backyard.

Our Core Values

Learn more about our values and our story as a church by visiting the about us page.

We acknowledge Jesus Christ as the head of our church and fully submit ourselves to His will. In every aspect of our ministry our goal is always to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe the Bible is God’s inspired authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for Christians. Therefore, we submit ourselves to its teaching, commit ourselves to do what it says, and yield our lives to become what Christ desires for us to be.

We believe in the power of prayer. Therefore, the ministries and activities our church will be characterized by a reliance on personal and corporate prayer in all areas of our lives and ministry.


We believe in the Great Commission commanded to us by Jesus Christ and we are committed to reaching unsaved and unchurched people locally, nationally and worldwide. We will use every available Christ-honoring means to pursue, win and disciple the people in our sphere of influence.

We believe God ordained the family to glorify him. We are committed to cultivate an atmosphere which promotes spiritual growth within the family by reaching families with the gospel, discipling them in Christ-like character and teaching each family member how to fulfill their God-given role.

Meet Our Ministerial Staff

Our staff works together to shape the vision and direction of Find Faith

Kaleb Barnum

Senior Pastor

Following a vision God gave him and his wife Amy for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched.

Min. Mace Hampton

ASSOCIATE, Youth MINISTER

Minister Hampton is young in the ministry and he has a passion for the word of God and help young people find their place in the Lord

George Martin

Associate minister

Rev. Martin is passionate about the word of God and loves ministering to the Seniors of the church.