Territorial President of Women’s Ministries: Commissioner Heidi Bailey
Heidi is hugger, and is happy in her home territory as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries in USA Central!
She loves the Lord, who has loved, saved and called her.
She has loved the same man for 39 years, and has loved every minute of her 35 years of shared Salvation Army officership with Brad.
Daughters Danielle and Lindsey grew up with their folks in South America, and now live in Atlanta and Chicago, respectively.
Heidi now shares her heart with 3 other men in her life; grandsons Micah (7) and Eli (4), and Danielle’s husband, Jeremy Rowland.
Got coffee? Invite Heidi!
“If you knew me you would know..” that I love life, and know no strangers! I love to laugh and get together with friends, and a good cup of coffee!
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” that it is my home! Home means context, memories, familiarity and safety! So needless to say, I’m glad to be home!
Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries: Colonel Janice Howard
I love God, I love people, and I love life.
God – I grew up attending church and hearing stories about God. It is through those stories that I learned to trust and love the Lord. I have never left the posture. Having a personal relationship with God has brought love, comfort, challenge, trust, newness, and excitement. I always want to be in a close relationship with Him. I love God!
People – When I think about people I am filled with an entire gamut of emotions from laughing to crying. People are fascinating with their own stories, which relate to His-story. We are all connected. Those people include my husband, a man of integrity, to whom I have been married for 38 years; my intelligent and compassionate son who still loves his mother; and my perfect and adorable grandson, who is the best grandson in the entire world! I love people!
Life – Every day is an adventure, filled with choices and opportunities. Exciting and precious! Life brings intrigue; after all, it is a journey with God and other people. My life has been filled with 34 years of officership, living in three different countries, traveling to many places around the world, meeting people who are different and yet the same, and the list continues. I love life!
If you knew me, you would know…that people are precious to me, that I love to be outside, and that practicing spiritual disciplines gives me deeper life in Christ.
My favorite things about the Midwest are that…it is home, I grew up in southwest Ohio, which is part of the Midwest; hearing God’s name mentioned in a loving way outside of a church building; and the warm welcome of people.
Assistant Secretary for Women’s Ministries: Major Joyce Gauthier
Major Joyce grew up in the small town of Chillicothe MO and attended The Salvation Army with her family. In 1979 she was commissioned with the Joyful Evangelist Session and married Lt. Robert Gauthier one week later.
Together the Gauthier’s served as Corps Officers in Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois for a total of thirty years.
Major Joyce has served as Assistant Territorial Women’s Ministries Secretary, Assistant Divisional Program Secretary of the Metropolitan Division and is currently serving again as the Assistant Territorial WM Secretary.
Having been involved in Women’s Ministries since she was a teenager and a corps officer so many years, she has had lots of experience in planning, participating and promoting programs for women and is even now involved in Women’s Ministries at the corps which she attends.
Over the years she has participated in service clubs, conferences, continuing education, but the most important thing is that she loves the Lord with all her heart and strives to lead others to Him.
The Gauthier’s have four grown children and eight grandchildren.
“If you knew me you would know..” I love to bake! Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cakes are my favorite things to bake, however, I don’t mind baking casseroles either.
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” The changing seasons. I love all of the seasons and the holidays that fall within them. There is a saying that if you don’t like the weather, stick around awhile and it will change.
Territorial Multicultural Women’s Ministries Secretary: Captain Janelle Gonzalez
From a very young age, Captain Janelle has taken part in women’s ministries and it started by often being a helper to her mother, also a Salvation Army officer. Janelle is from Panama. Living in a culturally diverse tropical paradise meant attending women’s retreats next to unique personalities on breathtaking beaches, one of her favorite places to visit. As a teenager, she moved to the United States along with her family. Janelle was commissioned and ordained as a Salvation Army officer in 2004 as part of the Bridgebuilders session and her journey continued!
Janelle’s exposure to living and sharing her faith within multiple cultures continued while serving for a short time at the Waukegan Corps followed by longer tenures at the Chicago Irving Park, Lawn and Aurora Corps for a combined 13 years of service before coming to territorial headquarters. Janelle has ministered with and to Scandinavian, African American, Latin American, Caribbean, Filipino and Middle Eastern women living in the USA while at her different appointments. She is passionate about missions and about seeing women from all ages and backgrounds having a closer relationship with Christ regardless of what stage in life they find themselves. Janelle has served on several mission trips in Mexico, Ecuador and Chile. Captain Janelle has a son named Nate with whom she loves spending time.
“If you knew me, you would know…” – that I love to dance and travel (…not always at the same time!).
“My favorite thing about the Midwest…” – Enjoying a good hot dog in good company! Good food and warm people are always a blessing for me to encounter.
Administrative Services Coordinator: Sharon Collins
Sharon Collins accepted Christ at a very young age. With a background in nonprofit and philanthropy, the only knowledge of The Salvation Army was through thrift stores and monetary donations. Determining where the future would lead in her professional life, Sharon was offered a position at The Salvation Army. “It was truly a gift from God.” Sharon began her employment with The Salvation Army in the Secretary for Personnel’s office and after a few years, accepted a position in the Women’s Ministries Department. After volunteering for over 3 years at the food pantry and during the Christmas season at The Oakbrook Terrace corps, Sharon was invited to visit the corps for Sunday morning service and has been there ever since. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys meditation, poetry, and spending time with loved ones.
Favorite scripture: ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ (Phillipians 2:3-4, NIV)
“If you knew me, you would know…” – I was born on the south side of Chicago; however, I’m a north sider at heart. Go Cubs!!!
“My favorite thing about the Midwest…” – Are the landmarks – there’s always a cool place to visit.
Women’s Ministries Program Specialist: Sarah Micula
Sarah Micula has a lifelong history in the Salvation Army. Over the years Sarah immersed herself in the programs the Salvation Army offered, particularly the overseas missions programs. These involvements led to her first full-time position in the Army, as the Sponsorship Coordinator for the World Missions Department at Territorial Headquarters. After five years advocating for children in the care of Army programs worldwide Sarah decided to put her degree in fashion merchandising to good use and began working for the Chicago Northside Adult Rehabilitation Center thrift stores, supervising nine stores. Now Sarah is back at Territorial Headquarters fulfilling God’s latest calling on her life, women’s ministries. Sarah keeps busy and engaged by managing the department’s social media outlets, planning the annual territorial women’s mission team and curating the women’s community program Embrace. As the women’s ministries secretary at her corps she practices what she preaches and eagerly and loyally learns from those that have blazed the trials ahead of her. Sarah loves seeing women unite together for the kingdom of God and seeing women encouraging one another to become the woman God created them to be. Sarah still calls Michigan ‘home’ and she currently lives in Villa Park, IL with her husband Simon.
“If you knew me you would know…” That I’m an 8 on the Ennegram personality types. GIFs are my favorite digital way to communicate.
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” Midwest is best! I love the Great Lakes, the people and our unique ways – like in Michigan a convenience store (like 7-11) is called, “party store.”