In July 2007, Minister C.J. Haynes was selected to become the next pastor of New Salem. Minster Haynes was ordained as an elder of the Primitive Baptist Church in Oct. 2007 during the annual East Florida District Primitive Baptist Association meeting. Firmly believing that 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge' Elder Haynes has focused on the spiritual growth of the church. He has begun several ministries, such as an annual Community Appreciation Day (aimed at evangelism and providing food and clothing to those in need), audio recording services for the home bound (and for evangelistic purposes), establishing the Crawford/Harper Scholarship Fund (for the financial support of New Salem's full-time college students), a Pay-For-Grades program (to award current New Salem members for excellent scholastic achievement), a new members class (to indoctrinate newly converted members to the teachings of the Bible and the ways of the Primitive Baptist), 'A Change A Life Ministry' (to provide Christmas Dinner and presents to needy families in the community) and continuing education classes for the advancement of the Saints. In January 2011, New Salem completed the purchase of nearly an acre of land, across the street from the church, from Mr. Azmi Ideis, for additional parking and future church expansion. In the 2011 annual Association meeting, Elder Haynes was elected to serve as the 2nd Vice-Moderator of the Association and was duly installed at the mid-term session in February 2012. In the summer of 2012, the church completed the renovation of the inside portion of the roof, ceiling, and walls of the sanctuary.Elder Haynes was elected as the 1st Vice Moderator in the 2013 annual session and was duly installed at the mid term session in February 2014. On December 6, 2015 Elder Haynes and the New Salem congregation dedicated its newly completed church annex (this was a celebration of the goodness of God and the faithfulness of the saints of New Salem). On March 29th 2020, the New Salem congregation celebrated their 150th church anniversary with newly installed pews and carpet.