SPC Staff

Salem Presbyterian Church Staff

Will Robinson

Pastor/Head of Staff

Will’s committed to making disciples of the Lord and to helping people know Him and experience His love. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Ph.D.), he teaches in the church and academic settings, and SBL Press published his revised dissertation as Metaphor, Morality, and the Spirit in Romans 8:1-17; it examines the Spirit’s and Christians’ roles in ethical life. He serves on the board of the West End Center (a ministry to disadvantaged children), has ministered to students at Roanoke College, is a spiritual director at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, and is Moderator of the presbytery. His wife Kate is a speech pathologist, and they have two children, Mary and Eddie. Will enjoys time with family, traveling, reading and writing, the arts and music (from classical to 80’s!), and exercise and sports. To read his spiritual autobiography, click here.

Janet Chisom

Associate Pastor

Janet juggles her time at Salem Presbyterian between youth group meetings, youth mini-missions, Sunday School coordination, teaching, RoundTable, visitation, and worship preparation. A graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA (B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology) and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA (M.Div and MACE), Janet enjoys life in the South (she’s from Connecticut). Prior to attending seminary, she worked on a housekeeping team and on a ministry team in Estes Park, CO; taught environmental education in Huguenot, NY; and worked as the Director of Educational Ministries in Bedford, NY. She’s involved in ecumenically with Vacation Bible School and a clergy group and serves on the board of the Presbyterian Community Center. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, walking and hiking, playing board games, and spinning on the contra dance floor. Janet’s married to Brian, and they have a cat named Smokey and a dog named Samson who demand a lot of attention.

S. Reed Carter, IV

Director of Music

As Director of Music and organist at Salem Presbyterian Church, Reed directs the Chancel Choir, the Chancel Handbell Choir, the Youth Choir, the Children’s Choir, and the Cherub Choir. In addition to his responsibilities at SPC, Reed is the Artistic Director of the Salem Choral Society and also frequently works as the Music Director for the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. Reed is a native of Salem, and he and his wife Susan, along with their children, Emma, Sawyer, and Sam, are members of SPC.

Carlene Hickman

Church Administrator

Carlene joined the staff in May of 2017. She’s originally from western Pennsylvania and is one of seven children. She’s married to Jim, and they have three adult children, Laura, Chris, and Kayla, and three grandsons, Oliver, Aiden, and Jacob. Carlene enjoys quilting, crafts, reading, and gardening…and she’s a big Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan!

Kitty Beehner, BSN, RN, FCN

Parish Nurse 

Kitty, who joined Salem Presbyterian Church with her family in 1996, became the church’s first Parish Nurse in 2003. In this position, she focuses on the integration of mind, body and spirit through visitation of members, health education and counseling, support groups and programs, and lots of hugs! A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kitty earned a B.S. in Nursing and has experience in the hospital setting, geriatric care, and pediatrics. She and her husband Dave have two adult children, Tom and wife Janel and Maggie & husband Dan. In her spare time, Kitty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music, and watching classic old movies.