USA Central Territory Department of Women’s Ministries
Territorial Women’s Ministries Secretary: Major Jolene Hull
More about Major Jolene coming soon!!
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…” – The landmarks – there’s always a cool place to visit.
Ministries Program Specialist: Heather Hanton
Heather has a lifelong history in The Salvation Army. Born in California, Heather has lived all over the United States and has served in 3 territories: the West, the Central, and the South. Over the years Heather has immersed herself in the programs the Salvation Army offered. With a degree in Christian Education, her main focus has been youth development. However, before coming back to the Central Territory, Heather served full time for five years in Women’s Ministries at the Clearwater Citadel Corps in Florida. Now she is back home beginning a new career at Territorial Headquarters in Women’s Ministries. Heather keeps busy and engaged by managing the department’s social media outlets and website, planning women’s events, writing devotionals and program materials, and curating the women’s community program Embrace. As a full-time working wife and mother of two children, Heather still manages to make the local programs at her corps a priority, engaging in the Women’s Ministries small group and Songsters, as well as Sunday School teacher for the High School class. Being a part of both the youth and adult programs allows her opportunities for mentoring the young women into future Women’s Ministries members.
“If you knew me you would know…” I love coffee, I love to sing, and I love Jesus!
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” The change of seasons! Oh how I’ve missed that!
Hear Heather on the Prepare Podcast HERE.
Territorial Leader for Leader Development and 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 more than 40 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 and Eli, and Danielle’s husband, Jeremy Rowland.
Got coffee? Invite Heidi!
“If you knew me you would know…” 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…” The Midwest is my home! Home means context, memories, familiarity and safety! So needless to say, I’m glad to be home!
Territorial Secretary for Leader Development: 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, 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… People are precious to me, I love to be outside, and practicing spiritual disciplines gives me deeper life in Christ.
My favorite things about the Midwest are that… The Midwest is home. I grew up in southwest Ohio, which is part of the Midwest. I love hearing God’s name mentioned in a loving way outside of a church building and how warm and welcoming the people are.