Our Pastor is the Reverend Robert P Hall. A native of Salisbury, Maryland, he earned a Bachelor of Art degree with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) near Baltimore and a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. He was ordained a Deacon in 1975 and an Elder in 1978. He has served parishes in Dorchester and Cecil Counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware. He came to Salem United Methodist Church in 2007.
He is also Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families. Mr. Hall recently served as President of the Delaware Public Health Association, Vice-President of the Health Education Network of Delaware, and Vice-Chair of the Delaware Consumer Health Care Coalition. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Association for Children of Alcoholics. Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed him a Commissioner on the Delaware Commission on Community and Volunteer Service. In 1991, he was presented with the (federal) Commissioner’s Award by the US Department of Health and Human Services for Outstanding Leadership in the Prevention of Child Abuse. He has also been honored by the Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education, and The International Cat Association.
In 2004, he was a guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral, joining then-Senator Joe Biden for the celebration of Delaware Day. In 2008, Delaware Covering Kids and Families honored him for his efforts to obtain health coverage for the uninsured. He is also active on the Advocacy Resource Team of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church and presently serves Bishop Peggy A. Johnson as her Ecumenical Officer. Pastor Hall is a Member of the Order of St. Luke. He lives in North Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Conee, who retired as a medical social worker and family life educator with the State public health agency.
Pastor Hall loves to read and is an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and most classical British detectives. He also loves Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” and has a collection of performance recordings on various media. In his younger days, he was a champion fencer. Now, his hobbies are less strenuous and include antiques and gardening. Fortunately for him, he met Conee who either shares or tolerates his interests. They were married in 1994 at Calvary Episcopal Church in North Wilmington. Together, they enjoy travel, theater and history. Both have ancestors who were here before the American Revolution.. As children of the sixties, they are definitely into oldies. And they are very fond of cats.