Inspiring Stories Col. Evie Diaz
In honor of National Women’s History Month, we’re sharing stories of how women wearing The Salvation Army uniform inspire other women to make history every day.
Women have long taken a leadership role in The Salvation Army. As an egalitarian movement, they have led from behind and in front of the pulpit, inspiring congregations, divisions, and the entirety of The Salvation Army, including here in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division.
“Colonel Evie Diaz always empowered her team members and lead with such kindness,” said Alexandra Kuebler, Divisional Executive Director of Development, when asked what female in The Salvation Army has inspired her the most. “She always led by example by reminding everyone we are here to be the hands and feet of Jesus and we are here to do His work.”
Colonel Diaz was the Divisional Commander at the Kansas and Western Missouri Divisional headquarters from October 2014 to September 2016, before being promoted. She is now the Chief of Secretary at the International Headquarters in London, England where she helps oversee and lead many of the day-to-day operations of the entire Salvation Army around the globe.
Colonel Diaz is a single officer who took the leadership role in Kansas City, one which is usually shared by a husband-and-wife duo, on her own with grace. She created a safe and trusting atmosphere that allowed her staff to accomplish their tasks and reach their goals during her time at DHQ.
“The biggest thing I have learned from her is the importance of maintaining relationships and connections with people in your life,” added Alexandra. “I have made an effort to do this in my everyday life by reaching out and encouraging young women in my church.”