Cierra Chavis Baton Rouge, LA

Melvin Franklin Columbus, MS

Michael Hicks Jackson, MS

Liz Chattin MS Gulf Coast Kroc

Andrew White Ardmore, OK

Shannon Drummond Fayetteville, AR

Vacant Fort Smith, AR

Eiiko Brown Lawton, OK

Risa Robinson Muskogee, OK

Maria Summers NLR Mission Outpost, AR

Quartlan Phillips Norman, OK

Vacant OKC Citadel, OK

Callie Ree Corbett Stillwater, OK

Kim Lewis Clay County

Kayla Lawson Clearwater

Vacant Daytona Beach

James Labardie Ft Lauderdale

Vacant Ft Myers

Shelly Ford Hernando County

Steve Dicks Leesburg

Melissa Houser Pensacola

Vacant Port Charlotte

Devin Smith St Petersburg

Karen Heath Vero Beach

Vacant Winter Haven

Changhyung Chang ATL International

Erika McClain Atlanta Kroc Center

Quinn Marak Columbus

Cheryl Peabody Griffin

Stevie Dick Augusta Kroc

Tiara DeGomez Savannah

Judah Irvin Berry St Nashville, TN

Gina Ballinger Cleveland, TN

Zach Bailey Clarksville, TN

Chris Reeder Eastlake Corps, TN

Melissa Melching Hopkinsville, KY

Pending Louisville Portland

Regina Strickland Kingsport, TN

Janine Ekhardt Knoxville, TN

Latravia Benson Memphis Kroc

Jareth Cantrell Paducah, KY

Vacant Sevierville, T

Vacant Annapolis, MD

Vacant Balt. Middle River, MD

Heather Bourne Huntington, WV

Jacob Gilliam Salisbury, MD

John Adams Charlottesville, VA

Vacant Culpeper, VA

Christopher Paladino Fairfax, VA

Vacant Landmark, VA

Stacey Adkins Norfolk, VA

Kelley Williams Richmond, VA

Rashad Poole Anderson, SC

Aleah Rawls Conway, SC

Claudia Green Durham, NC

Christina Blackmon Elizabeth City, SC

Mary Davis Greensboro, NC

Luari Monserrate Greenville Kroc, SC

Elizabeth Ramirez Hickory, NC

Vacant Kernersville, SC

James McIntyre Raleigh, NC

Gloria Diavangama Arlington, TX

Jeanette Guerrero Austin Area Command

Mykaeyla Arranda Bryan College Station

Jesse Long Corpus Christi

Leslie Martinez El Paso, TX

Noemi Correa Wichita Falls, TX

Allen Clark Garland, TX

Vacant Houston International

Amanda Johns Kerrville, TX

Karim Shauib Tyler, TX

Cristina Drozdovschi Waco, TX

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


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, with 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