Today things got real. Colonel Dawn Heatwole, the Central Territory’s former Territorial Women’s Ministries Secretary for 3 1/2 years starts her new position at National Headquarters. She will be greatly missed in the Central Territory, specifically in our department. Not only because of her famous chocolate chip cookies but because of her encouraging notes, listening ear and her ability to empower those around her. Goodbye Colonel Dawn! See you soon!
But there’s always a silver-lining, right? When there’s a ‘goodbye’ a ‘hello!’ often soon follows. And now we welcome Colonel Dorothy Smith! We excitedly welcome Colonel Dorothy to the Women’s Ministries Department and look forward to her leadership and love as she ministers to us and our territory. See her bio below to learn more about her – welcome Colonel Dorothy!
COLONEL DOROTHY SMITH
Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Colonel Dorothy Smith is Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Central Territory. She assumed this position on October 1, 2014.
Immediately preceding this appointment she served a dual appointment as Officer Resource and Development Secretary and the Territorial Ambassador for Prayer.
Colonel Dorothy and her husband, Jeffrey, are lifelong members of The Salvation Army and have been officers since 1986. In 2007 Dorothy was selected to be a delegate in the 192nd session of the International College for Officers in London, England.
Before coming to Central Territorial Headquarters in 2010, she served in a dual appointment as Director of Women’s Ministries for the Kansas and Western Missouri Division and Divisional Social Services Director. She also served as Director of Campus Services at the Central Territory’s College for Officer Training from July 2003 to July 2008.
The Smiths have served as corps officers in several cities in the Midwest including Dearborn Heights and Kalamazoo, Mich., Sheboygan, Wis., and Warsaw, Ind.
Colonel Smith is from Detroit, Mich., and a graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in psychology and sociology. She has also completed a master’s degree in pastoral counseling at Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s degree in social work at Wayne State University.
The Smiths have two daughters, Shannon Howard and Catherine Fitzgerald. Shannon, along with her husband, Ben, daughter, Ellie and son, Jack, live near Dallas, Texas. Ben is a middle school music teacher, and Shannon works as the finance manager for the The Salvation Army Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Command. Catherine and her husband, Jonathan, are officers stationed at the College for Officer Training in Chicago, Ill., and have two children, Emily and AJ.
Dorothy enjoys people, quilting, skiing, the outdoors and being with her grandchildren. Her favorite place to relax is at their cottage in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Charles Wesley’s hymn “A charge to keep I have” contains her personal mission statement: “To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill: O may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will!”