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Awards, May 2015

Lt. Commissioner & Mrs. William Barrett Award

Exemplifies the spirit and ideals of Salvationism, the spirit of dedication and willingness to work and follow in the example of Lt. Commissioner and Mrs. William Barrett
Denise Ravelo

 

Amelia Benjamin Urban Initiative Award

Exhibits an aptitude and passion to minister to and evangelize people
Carmen Colon

 

Lt. Colonel F. William Carlson Memorial Award

Showed the most improvement in preaching. Exemplifies intelligence, diligence, sincerity, humility and zeal, showing promise of becoming an effective preacher of the gospel
Madeline Bates & Grace Cho

 

Major Mrs. Hulda Carlson Memorial Award

Typifies the spirit of Salvationism expressed in the life of Major Mrs. Hulda Carlson, particularly as expressed in ministries to women and children
Mary Hughes, Koorelyn Rivera, Rebecca Smith & Emeline Watch

 

Theodore & Jacqueline Carlson Award

Awarded to a graduating male and female cadet, selected by vote of the cadet body in recognition of their consistent and effective qualities and their spirit of Salvationism which together have enriched the spiritual lives of their fellow cadets
Bramwell Applin & Cheryl McCollum

 

Commissioner William E. Chamberlain Award

Shows unusual promise of leadership in The Salvation Army
Bramwell Applin, Kathryn Mayes, Giovanni Otero, Loreita Vaughan & Chakanaka Watch

 

Brigadier Eldred Churchill Award

Has a real love for the marginalized; a ministry for the forgotten of society. They should have expressed and have had experience with nursing homes, Adult Rehabilitation Centers or recovery mission
Beth Baggs, Cheryl McCollum & Koorelyn Rivera

 

Brigadier Arthur Craytor Award

Demonstrates particular acumen for and interest in Adult Rehabilitation work
Madeline Bates

 

Disciples of Jesus Award

Lives with a spirit of discipleship and shows consideration toward session mates; demonstrates spiritual influence and love toward fellow cadets
Cheryl McCollum, Rebecca Smith & Chakanaka Watch

 

Colonel Henry Gariepy Award

Awarded to the session representative speaker who demonstrates the communication skills and spirit that exemplified the life of Colonel Henry Gariepy, OF
Kathryn Mayes

 

Lester & Atha Faulds Award

Evidenced the heart of a shepherd leader and demonstrates the capacity to develop and pastor local officers
Emeline Watch

 

Brigadier Kate Hillman Award

Shows merit in the Salvationist vocation of Servant of ALL
Beth Baggs & Carmen Colon

 

Captains Albert & Normajean Honsberger Award

Managed their finances well and exemplifies the spirit, dedication and vitality that characterized the lives and ministry of Captains Albert and Normajean Honsberger
Stacy McNeil

 

Lt. Colonel Lyell Rader (OF) Evangelism Award

Awarded for recognition of evangelistic passion and soul-saving ministry
Giovanni Otero

 

Major Dr. Mary M. Richardson Award

Showed personal commitment for the world mission of The Salvation Army
Jana Applin, Grace Cho, Hannah Dale, Gilberto Rivera, Koorelyn Rivera

 

Major Dorothy Saunders Award

Demonstrates effective evangelism, compassion and unselfish service to others
Mark Baggs & Dolly Vasquez

 

Colonel Alvena Wood Award

Indicates a particular interest in and aptitude for working with women and children
Melanie DeMatteo, Aline Fernandes, Elizabeth Nicoll & Barri Vazquez-Brandon

 

Helen Steiner Rice Award

Shows exemplary writing and literary skills as demonstrated by submissions of special material for evaluation and review
Hannah Dale, Stacy McNeil & LeNissa Rivera

 

Academic Pursuit Award

Awarded to a cadet who perseveres, develops academically and demonstrates an attitude of continual teachability, in honor of Brigadiers William & Leota Hathorn and Brigadiers James & Charlotte Geddes
Madeline Bates

 

Bramwell Applin

Bramwell Applin

Bramwell Applin was a soldier of the Kearny (NJ) Corps in the New Jersey Division. Bramwell worked at the New Jersey Divisional Headquarters as a Community Relations Manager. He has an Associate's Degree in Social Science from Jamestown Community College. His parents are Salvation Army officers serving in the Empire Division. He was selected to be a delegate at the World Youth Convention in 2010. This experience gave him a better understanding and appreciation for the worldwide Salvation Army. He is an excellent communicator and has a servant's heart. Bramwell is married to Jana.

 

 

Jana Applin

Jana Applin

Jana Applin was a soldier of the Kearny (NJ) Corps in the New Jersey Division. Jana worked in the Mission & Culture Department at Territorial Headquarters as the Lay Leadership & Mission Advance Assistant. Jana has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education & Intervention Specialist from Malone University. Jana's parents are Salvation Army officers serving in the Western Pennsylvania Division. Jana served on the Hands On Mission Team to Ghana in 2005. This experience had a great impact upon her life. She has gained a deep passion for other cultures and transmitting the Gospel to peoples of the world.

 

 

Beth Baggs

Beth Baggs

Beth Baggs was a soldier of the Mount Vernon, Ohio Corps of the NEOSA Division. Beth enjoyed working with children in her corps and teaching them about God and His truths. She is very disciplined in her spiritual walk and has a deep prayer life. She states that "the closer I grow to the Lord and become more mature, the easier it becomes to speak out for the Lord. More than anything else in life, I want to hear God say, 'Well done thou good and faithful servant.'" Beth's desire is to answer God's call and walk as close to Him as she can.

 

 

Mark Baggs

Mark Baggs

Mark Baggs was a soldier of the Mount Vernon, Ohio Corps of the NEOSA Division. Mark displays a genuine walk with Christ and is striving to follow God's call in his life. He witnesses to an experience of being "awakened in the night by the Holy Spirit with the deep conviction that souls needed to be saved and I must return to ministry as an officer." Mark is eager to share Christ with others and glorify God in his life.

 

 

Madeline Bates

Madeline Bates

Madeline Bates was a soldier of the Philadelphia Pioneer (PA) Corps in the Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division. Madeline worked for the military for 20 years as a secretary and then worked as a cashier. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia ARC and worked in various positions there for many years. Madeline stated, that "Ever since I came through the ARC, I truly believed God called me to fulltime ministry. I know God's visible work in my life is a testimony to others who are lost. He called me out and I must follow his leading, using every gift he has bestowed upon me to win souls." Her favorite Scripture verse is Psalm 40:1, "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry."

 

 

Brittany Bender

Brittany Bender

Brittany Bender, Bryan's wife, worked at the Canton Corps as a program assistant. Her parents are officers and she was raised knowing who Jesus was and what The Salvation Army was all about. Brittany uses her gift for dance in worship and also enjoys scrapbooking. She has worked at Camp NEOSA and it was there that she met her husband. Brittany first felt God calling her to ministry at a Youth Councils at Camp Long Point.

 

 

Bryan Bender

Bryan Bender

Bryan Bender is from the NEOSA Division and also worked as a program assistant at the Canton Corps. He is married to Brittany, whom he describes as "the missing piece" in his life. Bryan is the child of officer parents and is grateful to have been brought up in a home where the love of Jesus was shown . He has spent summers at camp working as a lifeguard and enjoys playing the guitar, watching sports, and travel.

 
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Adam Boynton

Adam Boynton

Adam Boynton was a soldier of the Wellsville (NY) Corps in the Empire State Division. Adam has a rich Salvation Army heritage being a child of officer parents. Adam graduated from Houghton College and was the president of the Salvation Army Student Fellowship. Adam is an excellent musician and has a great appreciation for theology. Adam participated many years in Bible Bowl, with his team winning three times as territorial champs. Adam is married to Amanda Boynton.

 

 

Amanda Boynton

Amanda Boynton

Amanda Boynton was a soldier of the Wellsville (NY) Corps in the Empire State Division. Amanda graduated from Houghton College and was very active in her corps and on campus with the Salvation Army Student Fellowship. Amanda grew up in the Schenectady Corps and is grateful for the impact soldiers and officers have made upon her life. Amanda is a gifted, articulate Salvationist who said "yes" to God's call to become an officer.

 

 

Jennifer Buzzard

Jennifer Buzzard

Jennifer Buzzard was a soldier of the Erie (PA) Corps in the Western Pennsylvania Division. She worked for the county as a clerk typist/receptionist. Jennifer has a rich Salvation Army heritage with her grandparents being officers. She accepted the Lord as a child and received her calling to become an officer while attending her first Youth Councils. Jennifer is a talented musician and dancer. She is a good listener and has the gifts of showing mercy and helps. Jennifer does not hesitate to share her faith with others.

 

 

Michael Buzzard

Michael Buzzard

Michael Buzzard was a soldier of the Erie (PA) Corps in the Western Pennsylvania Division. Michael started attending the corps as a child when the Salvation Army came to his neighborhood to hold weekly Sunday School meetings. He was saved as a child and received his call to officership as a teenager at Camp Allegheny. Michael was very involved in the corps ministries and reached out to neighbors and the homeless doing evangelism. He loved to share about the ongoing ministries of the corps and enjoyed doing fund raisers for special events. Michael is married to Jennifer and they have two children.

 

 

Eun Rae (Grace) Cho

Eun Rae (Grace) Cho

Eun Rae (Grace) Cho was a soldier of the Philadelphia (PA) Korean Corps in the Eastern Pennsylvania Delaware Division. Grace was a student at Biblical Theological University where she completed a Master of Divinity Degree. Grace received a revelation from Isaiah 58:7 while attending college and began preparing herself for ministry ever since. Grace is an intelligent, strong woman of God who demonstrates a desire to serve others.

 

 

Carmen Colon

Carmen Colon

Carmen Victoria Colon was a soldier of the Coatsville (PA) Corps from the Eastern Pennsylvania Delaware Division. Carmen worked as a Support Staff handling the clerical work for the WIC Program. Carmen's main strength is her willingness to share the Gospel with others. She has no problem evangelizing anywhere—at the corps, on the streets, in the jail, at work, in her home. She has a deep passion for people and a desire for all to be saved. Carmen's favorite Scripture verse is II Corinthians 5:20, "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."

 

 

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Chelsey Crawford

Chelsey Crawford

Chelsey Crawford was a soldier of the Canton (OH) Corps in the Northeast Ohio Division. Chelsey was introduced to the Salvation Army by her close friend and accepted the Lord while attending her first Youth Councils. Chelsey is a young, energetic Salvationist who is on fire for the Lord. She worked as a Candidate Intern within the division. This gave her the opportunity to be fully immersed in every aspect of corps life and ministry. She sealed her calling during a Candidates Seminar. Chelsey stands on the promise found in Psalm 118:14, "The Lord is my strength and song; He has become my salvation."

 

 

Hannah Dale

Hannah Dale

Hannah Dale was a soldier of the Concord (NH) Corps in the Northern New England Division. Hannah is a remarkable person who is totally in love with the Salvation Army. She worked at the Laconia Corps as a Candidate Intern. Hannah grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, but never knew that she could have a personal relationship with Christ. Her walk with the Lord began at Camp Sebago. Hannah is a great communicator, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in Literature and Writing. Hannah has a real passion for missions and a willingness to serve anywhere in the world.

 

 

Melanie DeMatteo

Melanie DeMatteo

Accepted Candidate Melanie DeMatteo is a soldier of the Lewiston-Auburn Corps of the Northern New England Division. She is a product of the Railton School for Youth Worker Training and is currently doing her internship at the Nashua, NH Corps. She is a bright, articulate, energetic and sensitive Salvationist. She states "I love evangelism. Recently, I've taken my youth group out into the corps' surrounding neighborhood, going door to door letting the neighbors know about Jesus Christ and what The Salvation Army has to offer." She possessses a confident faith in Christ and an unwavering call to proclaim Jesus to the world as a Salvation Army officer. 

 
Aline Fernandes

Aline Fernandes

Aline Fernandes was a soldier of the Middletown Corps in the Southwest Ohio Northeast Kentucky Division. She was the Youth Worker at her Corps and a recent graduate of the Railton School for Youth Worker Training. Growing up in the Salvation Army in Brazil, Aline realized the importance of having a loving family with a strong commitment to the corps. She came to the United States through the camping ministries at Camp SWONEKY. While attending a Youth Councils, Aline recognized and accepted God's call and was amazed that God would want her to be an officer. Aline's desire is to serve God and honor Him with her life.

 

 

Hannah Gwak

Hannah (Yeong) Gwak

Hannah Gwak was a soldier of the Queens Flushing (NY) Corps in the Greater New York Division. Hannah was self employed as a Piano Instructor. Hannah is an excellent musician having earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Presbyterian College & Theological Seminary. She was the Corps Pianist and Songster Leader. Hannah has a gentle spirit and loves to reach out to others in need; especially those who have disabilities. She is a woman of prayer and desires to live a life of complete obedience.

 

 

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes was a soldier of the Monessen (PA) Corps from the Western Pennsylvania Division. Mary was working at the Johnstown Corps as the Program Assistant. Mary has an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Douglas School of Business. Mary finds that her greatest joy comes while working with children and families that are struggling. Mary was introduced to The Salvation Army by teaching a class for the Boy Scouts of America at the corps. Mary asked the officer if she needed any help volunteering and soon started to attend the meetings at the corps. Mary received her calling while attending a Youth Councils.

 

 

 
Rebecca March

Rebecca March

Rebecca March was a soldier of the Warren, Ohio Corps of the NEOSA Division. She is a graduate of Project 1:17. She has experience in a variety of children/youth programs and personal evangelism/street ministry. Rebecca states that "I love Him (God) and want to dedicate the rest of my life in active ministry to Him in the hope that I might bring people out of the darkness of this world into this marvelous light." God has pursued and called Rebecca; and she is now ready to answer that call as a Salvation Army officer.

 

 

Kathryn Mayes

Kathryn Mayes

Kathryn Mayes was from the Newport (KY) Corps in the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Division. Kathryn played a vital role in the ongoing ministries at the corps as a Candidate Intern. She is a first generation Salvationist and is not ashamed or shy when it comes to sharing her love for the Lord. Kathryn takes every opportunity to evangelize. She is an excellent athlete and loves to play basketball. Kathryn has participated in the territorial Hands on Team and was a team leader to South Korea. Kathryn has a high level of energy and enthusiasm, with a willingness to serve the Lord in any capacity.

 
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Cheryl McCollum

Cheryl McCollum

Cheryl McCollum was a soldier of the Hartford (CT) Citadel Corps in the Southern New England Division. Cheryl has a "will do anything" attitude. Cheryl has a contagious spirit and goes the extra mile for people. Cheryl's corps involvement reached beyond the confines of the building, leading Bible studies at a local shelter. Cheryl is a promoter of the Army's Mission and desires for all people to be saved. Cheryl has three sons.

 

 

Shaun McNeil

Shaun McNeil

Shaun McNeil was a soldier of the Sidney Corps in the Southwest Ohio Northeast Kentucky Division. He is a product of the Massachusetts Division growing up in Milford and working in various positions as a young adult. He was recently working at a supply company in commercial sales. Shaun has a great appreciation for his home corps and summer camp being a safe haven. He was very involved in many aspects of the corps ministries and participated in the divisional band. Shaun was called to be an officer while attending a Youth Councils as a teenager. He has a gentle spirit and a real concern for others. Shaun is married to Stacy and they have two children.

 

 

Stacy McNeil

Stacy McNeil

Stacy McNeil was a soldier of the Sidney Corps in the Southwest Ohio Northeast Kentucky Division along with her husband, Shaun. Stacy was employed at her corps as the Community Outreach Director and played a vital role in the music, adult and youth ministries. Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from Framingham State College. Stacy was called to be an officer while attending a Youth Councils as a teenager. She remembered the magnitude of searching her own heart and being willing to accept the call of God. The Salvation Army became Stacy's personal rescue mission and it is her desire to be in ministry to help rescue people in need of a Savior.

 

 

Joshua Morales

Joshua Morales

Joshua Morales is from the Portsmouth Ohio Corps in the South West Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division. Joshua was employed at the Portsmouth Corps as a Youth Worker and was involved in many activities. As an evangelist, Joshua is passionate about sharing his faith to others and is always ready to give an invitation to Christ and the corps. Joshua is well grounded in his faith and secure in his calling to serve the Lord and others as an officer.

 

 

Dominic Nicoll

Dominic Nicoll

Dominic Nicoll was a soldier of the Cortland, New York Corps of the Empire Division. Christ has brought about great transformation in Dominic's life. He openly witnesses about this change to his friends and family. He lead Junior Soldiers in his corps and participated in many of the corps programs. Dominic's joyful spirit is evidenced by those around him. He witnesses that "I believe with the Holy Spirit in my life I have become the Christian man that God wants me to be. Now that I have seen what He can do in such a short period of time, I now realize what He can do and will do with the rest of my life."

 

 

Elizabeth Nicoll

Elizabeth Nicoll

Elizabeth Nicoll was a soldier of the Cortland, New York Corps of the Empire Division. She and her husband, Dominic, have worked for a number of summers at Long Point Camp. Elizabeth is a good listener and is sensitive, caring and compassionate. She affirms that God has been calling Dominic and her to Salvation Army officership and states that "When we realized this and starting helping more in our corps, He really showed me that this was what He was calling me to do. I was talking to someone about coming to our church during a free food giveaway and everything inside me felt right and I know that was where I belonged.

 
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Giovanni Otero

Giovanni Otero

Giovanni Otero was a soldier of the San Juan (PR) Corps in the Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division. He believes that God brought him to the Salvation Army at the right time in his life. Giovanni was introduced to The Salvation Army by a good friend who invited him to attend a Super Bowl Party. Giovanni loves to play the guitar and participated in the corps and divisional music groups. He loves the fact that the Salvation Army is not afraid to roll up its sleeves, interacting with hurting people. Giovanni received his calling while attending his first commissioning weekend.

 

 

Felix Padilla III

Felix Padilla III

Felix Padilla was a soldier of the Spring Valley (NY) Corps in the Greater New York Division. Felix was working at Territorial Headquarters in the Property Department as a Security Guard. He is a graduate of the Railton School of Youth Worker Training. While visiting friends in Argentina, Felix attended a Youth Councils; there God called him to become an officer. Felix confirmed his calling during a Candidates Seminar. Felix has a love for the world and feels God is calling him to overseas service. He is willing to serve anywhere the Lord leads him.

 

 

Denise Ravelo

Denise Ravelo

Denise Ravelo was a soldier of the Pawtucket (RI) Corps in the Southern New England Division. Denise worked at the Providence (RI) Corps as a Receptionist. The Corps Officer states that, "Denise is simply outstanding. She takes the initiative to help the officers and staff in any way they may need help." She is a quiet, confident person who is an excellent communicator. Denise has the inner beauty of Christ and glows with His presence. Denise finds joy in ministering to older adults and Women's Ministries. She goes the extra mile in her service to older adults giving them special attention. Denise gives thanks to her officers who have played a vital role in her life.

 

 

Gilberto Rivera

Gilberto Rivera

Gilberto Rivera is from the Bayamon Corps in the Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division. Gilberto is a hard worker and wants to give his best. He was working at Divisional Headquarters in the Youth Department as the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator. Gilberto has great organizational skills and was a good worship leader at his corps and divisional events. Gilberto is a loving husband and proud father.

 

 

Koorelyn Rivera

Koorelyn Rivera

Koorelyn Rivera is from the Bayamon Corps in the Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division. Koorelyn worked at the Bayamon Corps as a Program Assistant. Koorelyn is a gifted teacher having a BA in Preschool Education and was involved in many corps programs. Koorelyn is one who is completely committed to God. She states that, "It is my desire that my entire self would be acceptable before God in everything I do." Koorelyn is married to Gilberto Rivera and the couple have a young boy.

 

 

LeNissa Rivera

LeNissa Rivera

LeNissa Rivera was a soldier of the Hartford Citadel Corps in the Southern New England Division. LeNissa worked in the Youth Department at Divisional Headquarters as a Youth Ministries Coordinator. She was a positive influence to the young people in her corps and throughout the division. LeNissa has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Multidisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She is a gifted musician and has participated in various groups at her corps, division and in the Eastern Territorial Songsters. LeNissa received her calling at a Candidates Seminar when Commissioner Lawrence R. Moretz stated that "with God there are no coincidences." LeNissa is a loving mother of two girls.

 
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Christine Scheibner

Christine Scheibner

Christine Scheibner is of the Montclair (NJ) Corps in the New Jersey Division. Christine worked in the Youth & Candidates' Departments at Territorial Headquarters. Christine graduated from Parsons School for Design receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Communication Design. Christine plays the trombone in the Montclair Corps Band and is an excellent piano player. Christine mentioned that God sealed her calling while in Peru with the Hands On Mission Team stating that, "God used so many experiences to show me how He wants me to live for Him." She is excited to start this adventure with God as an officer.

 

 

Nicolas Senak

Nicolas Senak

Nicolas Senak was a soldier of the Quincy (Mass) Corps in the Massachusetts Division. Nicolas graduated from Malone University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. He was then an accountant at Divisional Headquarters. He shared that, "I no longer want to be an accountant. I want to be an officer." Nicolas is excited about his calling and the way God rapidly brought him to recognize God's purpose and plan for his life. He loved his corps and was involved in various ministries. Nicolas's unique leadership skills and positive attitude are a perfect combination for becoming an effective officer.

 

 

Taylor Senak

Taylor Senak

Taylor Senak was a soldier of the Pittsburg Temple (PA) Corps in the Western Pennsylvania Division. Taylor had been employed at the corps as the Community Center Director. He enjoyed working daily with young people promoting fitness. Taylor is a gifted evangelist taking every opportunity to talk to people about the Lord, especially those in the community center. Taylor was called to officership while attending a Candidates Seminar. God spoke to Taylor throughout the weekend and he knew this was the right path to follow. "Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all you ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6)."

 

 

Pratik Shirsath

Pratik Shirsath

 

 

 

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith was a soldier of the York Citadel Corps in the Eastern Pennsylvania Delaware Division. Joseph was working as a designer for an engineering firm, but is amazed at the way God opened doors for him to become an officer. Joseph mentioned one day, "I was sitting on the couch holding my daughter and I had an overwhelming feeling and felt the calling to be a Salvation Army Officer." Joseph had been coaching his daughter's softball team and enjoys spending time with his family. Joseph is married to Rebecca. The Smiths have two beautiful girls.

 

 

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith was a soldier of the York Citadel PA Corps in the Eastern Pennsylvania Delaware Division. Rebecca comes from a rich Salvation Army heritage in the York Corps. Rebecca believes God has called her to preach the Gospel and to help others through the various ministries of The Salvation Army. Rebecca had been operating her own beauty salon and had been a beautician for the past 18 years.

 

 

Kevin Tirado

Kevin Tirado

Kevin Tirado was a soldier of the Vineland (NJ) Corps in the New Jersey Division. Kevin worked at the Vineland Corps as the Case Worker. His position gave him the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. Kevin was called to be an officer while attending the Youth Holiness Advance at Camp Ladore in 2009. He was overwhelmed with joy about the fact that God wanted him to become an officer. Kevin had been a part of the Vineland Corps for the past 8 years. The corps was his second home and is a very special place for him. Kevin is gifted in teaching and preaching.

 

 

Dolly Vasquez

Dolly Vasquez

Dolly Vasquez was a soldier of the Humacao (PR) Corps in the Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division. Dolly grew up in Peru and pursued an education in the field of dentistry and worked as a dentist for nine years. She moved to Puerto Rico and was introduced to the Salvation Army by an officer who was also from Peru. Dolly found the corps to be a new safe haven and she became involved in various ministries, especially the Home League. She eventually began to work at the corps as a case manger and realizes the awesome privilege she has helping others, being able to pray for them and inviting them to the corps.

 
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Loreita Vaughan

Loreita Vaughan

Loreita Vaughan was a soldier of the Spring Valley (NY) Corps in the greater New York Division. Loreita worked at the Spring Valley Corps as a Corps Ministry Assistant and was actively involved in the youth and music ministries. She has a warm gentle expression of Christ in her life. One can sense that Loreita has a contagious spirit and loves the Lord. She received her calling in 2012 while attending the Welcome to Cadets Meeting through the message of Commissioner Israel Gaither. Loreita claims Acts 20:24 as her verse. "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task to testify to the gospel of God's grace."

 

 

Lorissa Vaughan

Lorissa Vaughan

Lorissa Vaughan was a soldier of the Spring Valley (NY) Corps in the Greater New York Division. Lorissa was working at the CFOT in the Family Care Center. She was actively involved in the corps ministries and participated in the divisional music programs. Lorissa is confident about her calling and clearly knew the Lord wanted her to be an officer. Her favorite Scripture verse is I Timothy 4:12, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and purity."

 

 

Barri Vazquez-Brandon

Barri Vazquez-Brandon

Barri Vazquez-Brandon was a soldier of the Hartford Citadel (CT) Corps in the Southern New England Division. Barri had been coming to the corps her entire life with her grandmother. She was working at the Danbury Corps as a Candidate Intern and at the Youth Department at Divisional headquarters. Barri is a born leader and is gifted in service, hospitality and evangelism. A local officer at her corps states that, "Barri is a cheerleader to the young people encouraging them and building them up to strengthen their faith."

 

 

Ivan Velasquez

Ivan Velasquez

Ivan Velasquez was a soldier of the Dover (NJ) Corps in the New Jersey Division, where he worked as the corps assistant. Ivan came to the United States seven years ago from Argentina. He has his Associate Degree in Applied Sciences and enjoys ministering through drama. Ivan has worked as a counselor at Camp Tecumseh. He found the Lord at a Youth Councils and believes it is a privilege to be used by God to carry His message of hope and salvation to everyone who hasn't heard.

 

 

Chakanaka Watch

Chakanaka Watch

Chakanaka Watch was a soldier from the Peekskill (NY) Corps in the Greater New York Division. Chakanaka worked as an envoy at the corps. He is a third generation Salvationist who grew up in Zimbabwe. Chakanaka was a professional soccer player in his country and was a well known national radio and television personality. Chakanaka is a man of God who possesses a contagious spirit that attracts people to Christ. Chakanaka stated that, "God calls us for a specific reason, with a specific purpose, in a specific church/denomination." He saw himself fulfilling his calling in ministry by becoming a Salvation Army officer. Chakanaka is married to Emeline and they have a son.

 

 

Emeline Watch

Emeline Watch

Emeline Watch was a soldier of the Peekskill (NY) Corps in the Greater New York Division. Emeline was an envoy at the corps working with her husband. Emeline's parents are Salvation Army officers in Zimbabwe. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. Being raised in The Salvation Army, Emeline believes that God called her to become an officer at a very young age. She enjoys doing one-on-one counseling. She is a great Bible teacher and enjoys working with people. Emeline now steps forward in response to God's call.

 
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