The Salvation Army Leadership

Our National Commanders

Our National Commanders

Commissioner David Hudson - National Commander
Commissioner Sharon Hudson - National President of Women's Ministries

Commissioners David and Sharron Hudson have been officers in The Salvation Army for 42 years.  Commissioner Dave is currently the National Commander. Commissioner Sharron is the National President of Women’s Ministries. National Headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Prior to coming to National Headquarters in November 2015, Commissioner David was the Chief Secretary for the Western Territory and Commissioner Sharron was the Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Western Territory, located in Long Beach, California.

They have a wide range of experience as Salvation Army officers, including several territorial and divisional appointments. The Hudsons were corps officers (pastors) for 14 years, including appointments in Oregon, Idaho and Southern California.

David has Business Management degree and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.  Sharron has a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership.

They have been married for 41 years and have two daughters, Jennifer and Amy, as well as two grandchildren. 

Former Commissioner Israel L. Gaither

They have served in a number of corps and administrative appointments. Before entering the College for Officer Training, they assisted in Fairmont, West Virginia, and were in charge of the Norway, West Virginia Outpost. As cadet-lieutenants, they served together as Corps Officers in Front Royal, Virginia, and Grafton, West Virginia. Their field appointments following their commissioning included the Baltimore (Hampden), and Hagerstown Corps in Maryland.

Their divisional staff appointments included the following:  Divisional Youth Leaders in the National Capital and Virginia, and North and South Carolina Divisions; Divisional Secretary and Assistant Home League Secretary in the North and South Carolina Division; and General Secretary and Home League Secretary in the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, and Georgia Divisions.

The Jeffreys also served as the Personnel Directors, and then as the Assistant Principal and Director of Special Services at the Evangeline Booth College. In addition, they have served as the Divisional Commander and Director of Women’s Ministries for the Kentucky and Tennessee and Texas Divisions. They also served as Secretary for Program and Assistant Secretary for Program.

Barbara is from the city of Gastonia, North Carolina, and David is from Morgantown, West Virginia. The Jeffreys were married in 1969 and have two sons, David William and Mark Stephen, who is married to Sue-Ann.  They have three grandsons, Blake, Mitchell, and Parker Wyatt.


Eastern Territory Commanders

Commissioner William A. Bamford – Eastern Territorial Commander Commissione Lorraine Bamford– Eastern Territorial President, Women’s MinistriesCommissioner William A. Bamford – Eastern Territorial Commander
Commissione Lorraine Bamford– Eastern Territorial President, Women’s Ministries

Commissioner William A. Bamford was born in Philadelphia, PA to Salvation Army officer parents.  In 1980 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy  from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and worked for seven years as a pharmacist in Massachusetts, where he and his wife lived.  Lorraine (Brown) Bamford had grown up in the Massachusetts area.  She studied foreign languages at Eastern Nazarene College and taught French and Spanish in Hingham, Massachusetts. In 2000 Bill earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College.

 While on vacation at Old Orchard Beach, the Bamfords were called by God to leave the field of pharmacy and teaching and entered The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in order to pursue ordination and commissioning as Salvation Army officers.  In the US, they have served in appointments in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division, Western Pennsylvania, Southern New England, Northeast Ohio.  God’s leading then took the Bamfords to South America, where they served for almost four years as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the South America West Territory.  This Territory encompasses the countries of Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.  During those four years, Commissioner Lorraine coordinated The Salvation Army’s Anti-trafficking ministries in that territory.  They presently serve as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, respectively, of the USA Eastern Territory of the Salvation Army.

 Commissioners Bamford are blessed with three children and four grandchildren, with another on the way!  All three children graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky.  Their oldest child, Michelle lives with her husband Jerry in NY where he is employed in the THQ Communications Department and she at the CFOT in childcare. Nicole, her husband Ryan and their children Connor and Claire also live the New York area where Ryan works as a photographer.  Nicole is a school counselor.  Son Bill (the 4th), his wife Jess and Billy V live in the Washington, DC area where Bill works as a CPA/accountant for The Salvation Army and Jess as a special needs teacher.  

 The Bamfords are long-time aficionados of Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings and the beautiful seven-mile beach, having vacationed there since childhood.  They enjoy walking, running (at least one of them does) and being with family.  And they love serving as Salvation Army officers.