Two of the Salvation Army's highest ranking soldiers visited central Oklahoma over the weekend for Palm Sunday services at the Norman Corps.
Commissioners David and Barbara Jeffrey, who are commissioners over the Southern territory of the United States, arrived Friday from their home in Atlanta, where the Southern territory's corporate headquarters is located.
David Jeffrey delivered the sermon for Palm Sunday at the Norman Corps (church).
While in town, the Jeffreys will be given a tour of land at NW 10 and Pennsylvania that has been purchased for the Salvation Army's Central Oklahoma Area Command. The current Command, located on SW 5, will be razed as part of the city's Core to Shore project. In its place, a central park is planned.
“What we hope to accomplish is we're spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ,” David Jeffrey said.
He and his wife have been commissioners together since August 2011. The Jeffreys' territory includes 906,000 square miles with 345 corps (churches), 28,000 soldiers, 16,000 employees and 987 officers.
When asked about their role as commissioners, David Jeffrey said his job is somewhat like Walt Disney's career after he retired.
“It's very exciting,” Jeffrey said. “I just sort of go around and have fun and encourage other people and see what they're doing. To be a cheerleader, find out what people are doing right.”
Barbara Jeffrey said one of her favorite aspects of being a commissioner is her role in the Salvation Army's women's programs.
“I like to see women brought to the Army through the women's program,” she said.
In the Salvation Army, women and men are given equal opportunities, Barbara Jeffrey said.