Staff

Captain Dan Nelson

Territorial Youth Secretary

Captain Dan Nelson is responsible for all Salvation Army sponsored youth programs and activities throughout the Southern Territory. He promotes the improvement, advancement and coordination of corps and community youth activities and encourages aggressive youth evangelism throughout the Territory.

Captain Sarah Nelson

Associate Territorial Youth Secretary

Captain Sarah Nelson is responsible for the leadership and continual development of the Corps Cadet BOLD program. She promotes recruitment of Corps Cadets through all Salvation Army activities and develops ideas to encourage them to complete the program and become involved in local leadership.

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Teri Waters

Office Manager

Teri is responsible for coordinating, assisting with and preparing work for Youth Department events, programs and conferences. She also administratively supports the TYS, monitors day-to-day operations of the department and handles all Finances for the Department.

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Heather Myers

Special Events Coordinator & Child Sponsorship Director

Heather handles the logistics for special events including but not limited to Re Effect, EQUIP, TYI and the Divisional Youth Leader’s Conference. She also oversees and promotes the Overseas Child Sponsorship Program.

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Jovanie Jojo Smith

Young Adult & Mission Deployment Coordinator

Jovanie is responsible for Young Adult Ministries, the Salvationist Service Corps, Short Term Mission trips and Urbana. She provides support to other Divisional staff who are responsible for Young Adult Ministries.

 

Rob Bridges

Communications Specialist

Rob plans, develops, implements and maintains the Territorial Youth Department social media.  He maintains the YouthDownSouth site and blogs, as well as creates many of the visual concepts used in our youth curriculum and events.

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Velisa Thornton

Administrative Assistant II

Velisa carries out administrative functions for the following programs: ETA, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Junior Soldiers and Corps Cadets. She provides administrative support to the Christian Education & Discipleship Director and the Associate Territorial Youth Secretary

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Sheila Livingston

Christian Education & Youth Discipleship Director

Sheila oversees and encourages the Christian Education and Youth Discipleship programs in the Corps including: Sunday School, SQUADS, SONday’SCOOL, Vacation Bible School and Training Junior Soldiers. She also manages the Sunday School Resource Book and Excellence in Youth Programming Awards.

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Wanda Browning-Newton

Character Building, Camp & Community Center Director

Wanda is Responsible for promoting and overseeing all Character Building Programs, Community Centers, Camps and Sports Ministry. She is certified as a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) and Air Rifle Pellet Gun Instructor Trainer, and also certified to teach Project Learning Tree and Growing Up Wild curriculum to youth in the territory.  This position also acts as an ACA visitor.

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Vicki Feener

Boys Work, Camp & Community Center Program Assistant

Vicki assists and collaborates with the Boys Work, Camp & Community Center Director and serves as a resource to the field. She also troubleshoots and seeks improvement of existing program areas and helps in the development of new or extensions of program areas.

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Sam Ellis

Administrative Assistant II

Sam maintains the Overseas Child Sponsorship Program including processing payments and all correspondence. He also administratively supports the Mission Deployment Secretary, including Salvationist Service Corps, Military Roster and Military Mailings.

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Jesse Hinson

Youth Evangelism & Outreach Program Director

Jesse is the director of the BFI program and serves as point of contact for Youth Directors and Corps Officers. He resources and relays information, processes necessary paperwork for monthly direct deposits, reports program progress to the Cabinet and conducts final phone interviews for prospective Youth Directors.

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Mark Jeffrey

Boys & Girls Club Club Program Director, BGCA National Liaison

Mark handles all aspects of the Boys & Girls Club’s Grants and Contracts and acts as the BGCA National Liaison.