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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun November 19, 2017
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Carlton Cross, the lead pastor at Salem United Methodist Church, stands on the ramp of a replica of Noah’s Ark on the playground. The ark was built by scratch in 2013 after winds destroyed the previous play area.

Salem preacher helps church grow in size, faith

At 14 years old, Carlton Cross gave his very first sermon — it lasted seven minutes. “And that’s including one of my daddy’s favorite poems and the prayers, the ending and the closer,” Cross said. “I can pray longer than that now.” Cross has been the lead pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Benton for six years. In that time, he has helped the church nearly double in size. “When I started, we had 128 in worship, and now we are ... READ MORE

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