Blood & Fire Initiative


The Blood & Fire Initiative Program is serving youth and their families in the Local Corps to provide sustainable & recognizable change through youth programming that will advance the mission of The Salvation Army.

-BFI Mission Statement

ALM - 3
Sally Lemelle- Baton Rouge, LA
Thomas Johnson – Jackson, MS
Lemarcus Jackson – MS Gulf Coast KROC

AOK - 8
Chelsea Gallant – OK City Citadel
Shannon Drummond – Fayetteville, AR
Latricia Westfall – Fort Smith, AR
Vacant- Lawton, OK
Victor Estudiante – Muskogee, OK
Maria Summers – North Little Rock, AR
Joey Simmons – Pine Bluff, AR
Callie Ree Corbett – Stillwater, OK

FL - 12
Kim Lewis – Clay County
Johnathan Renfroe – Clearwater
Devonte Lawson – Daytona Beach
Taylor Truesdale – Ft Myers
Marissa Dice – Hernando County
Jefte Velez – Leesburg
Melissa Houser – Pensacola
Emaniel Brifil – Port Charlotte
Stephen Dicks – St Petersburg
Carlos Mendez – Vero Beach
April Hayes – Winter Haven
Lorna Moise – West Palm Beach

GA - 6
Denzell McClain- ATL Kroc Center
Chris Ku – ATL International
Aaron Sturdivant – Columbus
Trevon King – Griffin
Vacant – Lawrenceville
Robin Pope – Savannah

KT - 11
Chris Reeder- Chattanooga Eastlake Corps, TN
Regina Ballinger – Cleveland, TN
Heather Noland – Danville, KY
Cheryl-Anne Peabody – Frankfort, KY
Christy Duncan – Jackson, TN
Regina Strickland – Kingsport, TN
Janine Ekhardt – Maryville, TN
Tiffany May – Owensboro, KY
Shane Beheler- Paducah, KY
Jesse Long- Richmond, KY
Allyson Crawford – Sevierville, TN 

MDWV - 5
Cierra Chavis – Annapolis, MD
Rachel Pruitt- Baltimore Hampden
Nicole Greenland- Baltimore Middle River
April Sigman- Charleston Citadel, WV
Natalia BalkunovaSalisbury, MD

NCV - 6
 John Adams – Charlottesville, VA
Monica Martinez- Harrisonburg, VA
Jae Sung Park – Landmark, VA
Vacant – VA Peninsula
Stacey Adkins – Norfolk, VA
Becky Barringer – Staunton, VA

NSC - 11
Lisa Stevens- Asheville, NC
Timothy Nelson – Burlington, NC
Vacant – Charleston, SC
Vacant – Durham, NC
Michele Perkins – Elizabeth City, NC
Mary Davis – Greensboro, NC
Bennie Brundudge – Greenville Kroc, SC
Vacant – Hickory, NC
Jimmy Pierre – Morehead City, NC
Theochrist Madison – Salisbury, NC
Shamekia Kitchings – Statesville, NC

TX - 9
Vacant- Austin Citadel
LaNeshia Grinning – Cedar Crest
Jerrel Gomez – Corpus Christi
Allen Clark – Garland
Raymond Slater – Houston International
Vacant – Midland
Jacob Gilliam – Tyler
Vacant- San Antonio Mission
Cristina Drozdovschi- Waco

What is a BFI Youth Director?
A youth minister that is responsible for the Youth Programs and outreach for their local area. This position was created to assist Corps Officers in building quality youth programs by having an employee committed solely to youth work.  This person works alongside the Corps Officer and other local leadership in order to actively bring as many young souls into a relationship with Jesus as possible.

Who can be a BFI Youth Director?
A Salvation Army soldier in good standing that expresses an interest or calling to ministry with youth.
At least a High school diploma and/or GED is required as well.

How do I become a BFI Youth Director?
Contact your local Corps and/or DHQ to express your interest in becoming a Youth Director.

What are the responsibilities of a BFI Youth Director?
Oversee Corps youth evangelism & outreach, Teach or Assist Corps youth programs, Organize collaboration between local ministry partners, Build positive relationships with youth, Develop local resources, Plan youth volunteer opportunities, and other activities/special projects as assigned.

Is there travel or training required for BFI Youth Directors?
The EQUIP Conference is required training for BFI Youth Directors every year.  They are also encouraged to attend RE-Effect to take seminars/workshops that relate to their position.  BFI’s are to attend their youth delegates to Youth Councils and may serve one week of camp staff with Corps Officer’s approval.  All BFI’s will be trained and certified in Safe From Harm.

My Youth Director is wonderful, how can I show my appreciation?
It is always nice to know your hard work has made an impact so first make sure to let them know you appreciate what they do and how they serve the youth.  Then you can follow that up with an appreciative note to the Corps Officer or Jesse Hinson about your BFI Youth Director.

For further assistance, please contact Jesse Hinson
Call: 404-728-6700 ext 10281
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The Blood & Fire Initiative is the Southern Territory’s effort to try and stimulate growth and quality of programs for youth at the Corps level. It is a grass-roots system to provide Corps with a professional individual specifically tasked for youth work.
THQ has invested resources into this bold initiative to provide the Territory with one-hundred youth workers spread throughout the Divisions. The base salaries of these youth workers will be paid by THQ and its partners (TX, FL, NCV) 100% in Year One, 75% in Year Two, 50% in Year Three and 25% in Year Four, giving each Corps the opportunity to develop/expand strong, viable programs and generate future funding sources to keep these positions active to serve as the youth workers in the selected Corps locations.

Theme Song

…excerpt: Salvation Army Songbook # 807, vs 2 Blood and fire, blood and fire, is the Army soldier’s might; Blood and fire, blood and fire, is our victory in the fight. ‘Tis the blood and fire gives the battle cry, ‘Tis the blood and fire makes the foe to fly ‘Tis the blood and fire gives the Army joy and victory all the way!

Theme Verse

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” I Peter 5:2-3