Reverend Carlton Cross has been serving in the United Methodist Church for over 20 years. Many of those years were in youth ministry. During this time he has built three different youth programs.
In 1995, at the age of 26, Carlton became a Pastor in the United Methodist Church and was appointed to two congregations in South Arkansas.
For eleven years, Reverend Cross served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. During his time there, he gained experience in different types of worship which include gospel, traditional, blended, and contemporary.
Carlton also served Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church in Rogers, Arkansas. Carlton then went on to serve the historical First United Methodist Church in Prescott, Arkansas.
In 2011, Carlton began serving as the Senior Pastor here at Salem United Methodist Church.
Carlton is a graduate from Arkansas State University with training in sociology and philosophy. He also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. He has been married for almost 20 years to his wonderful wife, Tracy. He is also a very proud father of twins. He has a son, Brady and a daughter, Shelby who both attend school at Harmony Grove.
He has a passion for mission work and for over 14 years has served in an organization called Ozark Mission Project. For much of those 14 years, he served in the capacity of Camp Director. Carlton has also been involved in many local missions such as Helping Neighbors Food Pantry, Wesley on the Ridge, City Youth Ministries, Church Health Center, and Arkansas Area on Aging. He has also served as an evangelist for various camp meetings and revivals throughout the Arkansas area.
He was raised as a child of the Methodist heritage. His Methodist minister grandfather, Noel Cross, instilled in him a fertile foundation in the Methodist religion and in spiritual awareness. His parents Kenneth and Juanita Cross raised him in a good Christian home in the El Dorado area. His roots spread from Union County to Nevada County and he truly is proud of his heritage.
His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, golfing, and some of his greatest joys include pastoral care and preaching The Gospel.