THQ Youth Department Staff

Major Tim Gilliam

Territorial Youth Secretary

Major Tim Gilliam 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.

Major Cheryl Gilliam

Territorial Youth Secretary

Major Cheryl Gilliam 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.

Captain Val Cantu

Assistant Territorial Youth Secretary

Captain Val Cantu assists the Territorial Youth Secretary in all Salvation Army sponsored youth programs and activities throughout the Southern Territory. She promotes the improvement, advancement and coordination of corps and community youth activities and encourages aggressive youth evangelism throughout the Territory.

Teri Waters

Office Manager

Teri administratively supports the Territorial Youth Secretaries, monitors day-to-day operations of the department and handles all department finances.  She also manages the registration process for territorial youth events.

Sheila Livingston

Christian Education & Youth Discipleship Director

Sheila oversees and encourages the Christian Education and Youth Discipleship programs in the Corps including: Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Training Junior Soldiers. She also manages the Excellence in Youth Ministry Awards.

Mark Jeffrey

Boys & Girls Club Club Program Director, BGCA National Liaison

Mark is the Salvation Army National Liaison to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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 supports youth workers throughout the Southern Territory.  Jesse also designs and builds stage elements for all Territorial Youth Department events.

Heather Myers

Special Events Coordinator 

,Heather handles the logistics for special events including, but not limited to, Territorial Young Adult Conference, EQUIP, TYI, and the Divisional Youth Leader’s Conference. 

Jovanie Jojo Smith

Young Adult & Mission Deployment Coordinator

Jovanie is responsible for Young Adult Ministry “The Bridge”, the Salvationist Service Corps, Short Term Mission trips and Urbana. She also provides support to divisional staff who are responsible for Young Adult Ministries at the corps level.

Rob Bridges

Communications Specialist

Rob is the Territorial Youth Department graphic designer, social media manager, and also maintains the Youth Down South website.  Rob creates our videos and writes our Monday Motivation devotional blogs.

Velisa Thornton

Administrative Assistant II

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

Sam Ellis

Administrative Assistant II

Sam provides administrative support to the Young Adult & Mission Deployment Coordinator.