The Salvation Army is led by officers – ordained ministers – who supervise the many programs and services provided in your area. They also serve as administrators, counselors and youth leaders.

Lt. Colonels Charles H. Smith and Sharon Smith have been appointed as Divisional Commander and Director of Women’s Ministries respectively for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division.  

The Smiths previously served in the same capacity at the Kansas and Western Missouri Division of The Salvation Army.  The Smiths are no strangers to Chicago or Illinois, having served for 17 years in several prior leadership positions in Chicago, Peoria and in Des Plaines, Illinois, at the Salvation Army Central Territory for 11 Midwestern states.  

The Smiths have served as officers in The Salvation Army for 37 years, bringing a wealth of leadership experience, vision, ministry and community service. 

They are supported by numerous officers, dedicated staff and board members.

Divisional Leadership Staff

Lt. Colonel Charles Smith
Divisional Commander

Lt. Colonel Sharon Smith
Director of Women's Ministries

Major David Fulton
General Secretary

Major Gay Ann Fulton
Community Cares Ministries Secretary

Major Kjell Steinsland 
Secretary for Business

Major Vicki Steinsland  
Secretary for Program

Major Debra Pascoe
Womens Ministries Secretary

Major Amos Shiels
Youth Secretary

Major Cynthia Shiels
Youth Secretary

Captain Ketsia Diaz
Character Building Ministries Secretary

Major David Dalberg
Emergency Disaster Services Director

Major Debra Dalberg
Older Adult Ministries Director

Commissioner Barry Swanson
Social Services Chaplain

Commissioner Sue Swanson
Social Services Chaplain

David Chesham
Social Services Director

R. Scott Justvig, CFRE
Executive Director of Development and Communications

William Yeo
Executive Director of Finance


Chicago Advisory Board

The Chicago Advisory Board is comprised of community and business leaders dedicated to helping The Salvation Army fulfill its mission of serving our most vulnerable neighbors throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Members serve in an advisory capacity, helping the Army deliver its services in and the most caring and efficient manner possible.


The Salvation Army Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through volunteerism, fundraising and advocacy among other young professionals.