Meet The Officers

Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command

MS Gulf Coast Area Commander

Major Jerry Friday

Area Commander


Major Jerry Friday

Major Jerry Friday comes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after serving 15 years at The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta as the Territorial Conference Director and the Territorial Mission and Cultural Ministries Secretary.

Originally from Midland, Texas Jerry graduated from The Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in 1983 and served for almost 10 years in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Georgia before being assigned to the army’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida and then Atlanta, Georgia. For almost 10 years Jerry worked for an international event production company and as marketing director for a national software company.

As an event producer, Jerry worked with such artists as Amy Grant, T Graham Brown, Reba McIntyre, Usher and Gladys Knight, to name a few, and is excited to bring to the coast his experience in special events.

Jerry has been recognized for outstanding volunteerism and community service with numerous community organizations, including Pets Are Loving Support, Big Brothers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The Rosalynn Carter Institute, and several local and state scholarship pageants.

Jerry is passionate about mentoring young people and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the staff and volunteers of the Mississippi Gulf Coast building on the tremendous work The Salvation Army has provided here for almost 115 years.

The Kroc Center

Kroc Congregational Life Officers

Majors Young and Heeran Lim

Congregational Life Officers


Major’s Young & Heeran Lim

Majors Young and Heeran Lim are the Congregational Life Officers of the Gulfcoast Kroc Center. They are originally from Korea and immigrated in the mid ’90s. God called them to serve people through The Salvation Army, where they joined the “Believers” session and graduated from the now Evangeline Booth College in 2003. They were commissioned to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During their time in North Carolina, they established what is now known as the Kernersville Corps. They ministered there for 15 years. They have also had an appointment as corps officers at the Louisville South Corps in Louisville, KY.

After a short time away, they were re-commissioned to be the Congregational Life Officers of the Gulfcoast Kroc Center. While this area is new to them, they have fallen in love with the charms of Mississippi. Majors Young and Heeran love to interact with people and share the love of God. If you see them around the Kroc Center, please say hello!! While there may be small language barriers, the love they have for people and for God knows no barriers. They have two wonderful children: Jiwon, who is a dentist in North Carolina, and Jihoon, who has just completed his first year of medical school in Florida.

Jackson County

Pascagoula Corps Officer

Lt. Carla Lawson

Pascagoula Corps Officer


Lt. Carla Lawson

Lt. Carla Lawson is a first-generation Salvationist who has a passion for leadership and youth ministry. After graduating High School in Northern Virginia, Carla attended Bridgewater College to pursue a career in Art Education. While there, Carla felt God leading her in another direction—as an officer in The Salvation Army.

After working in Public Safety and on to Youth Ministry, Carla moved to Mississippi to further her ministry with youth as a Christian Education Director with The Salvation Army. Unable to escape God’s calling on her life, Carla was accepted in the Messengers of Compassion session attending The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, GA. Carla was Commissioned and Ordained in June 2019 and has been appointed by The Salvation Army to Pascagoula, MS as the Corps Officer for her first appointment. Her favorite pastimes include painting, outdoor activities, and learning more about our Creator. Encouraged by the culture and community of Jackson County, Lt. Lawson is thrilled to be a part of all that God is doing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and looks forward to all she can do to preach the gospel and meet human needs in Jackson County.

Past Officers

Area Commanders

Majors Bradley & Anita Caldwell

Area Commanders


Major’s Bradley & Anita Caldwel

The Caldwells are happy to be on the MS Gulf Coast as Salvation Army Area Commanders and Senior Kroc Officers.  Major Bradley Caldwell attended school in Gulfport from 5th grade through his senior year and graduated from Gulfport High School.  While born in Olean, New York, Major Anita Caldwell has spent most of her years in the south.  They met in Jackson, MS and were married in Tupelo, MS.  Today, they have three adult sons and  seven grandchildren.

The Caldwells served in three appointments in Arkansas and Oklahoma as Corps Officers before serving as Regional Leaders in Moldova and Romania.  Following this appointment, they served in Moscow, Russia as Education Officers for six years.    This was followed by four years in the country of Georgia as Regional Leaders and nearly a year in London serving at International Headquarters.  They come to the Gulf Coast from four years of service in Waco, Texas with a total of 25 years of service with The Salvation Army.

We are excited to join you in making a difference in the lives of those who are seeking a pathway of hope and change for their future!

Advisory Board & Councils

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a group of influential community leaders who give their time and efforts to further the mission of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. They assist with Salvation Army programs and events, interpret community needs, and facilitate the development of resources.

Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army!

2019-2020 Advisory Board

Chairman: Leslie Kelly

Vice-Chairman: BJ Sellers

Jerry Bracey, Sondia Christian, Vincent Creel, Pastor Kenneth Davis, Eric Dickey, Theron Furr, Frank Genzer, John Guy, Dr. Oswago Harper, John Heath, Kaylie Holley, Kimberly Joseph, John Lowe, Jeanne Luckey, Dan Magruder, Mike Mavar, Debbie McClendon, James McIntyre, Charles O’Hala, Leonard Papnia, Terry Robinson, D’Auby Schiel, Monica Scott, B.J. Sellers, Ray Wesson

Jackson County Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of influential community leaders who give their time and efforts to further the mission of The Salvation Army and enhance the Advisory Board. They assist with Salvation Army programs and events, interpret community needs, and facilitate the development of resources in the Jackson County Area.

2019-2020 Advisory Council

Chairman: Dorthy Shaw

Vice Chair: Amy Brandenstein

Treasure: Ellen Cole

Secretary: Debbie McLendon

Nancy Pope, Yolanda Burns, Ron Simmons, Cynthia Murphy, Tammy Moore, Stephanie Packer, Sheryl Wolfe

Lucedale Advisory Council

The Lucedale  Advisory Council is a group of influential community leaders who meet quarterly to support The Salvation Army mission.

Lucedale 2019-2020 Advisory Council

Chairman: A.B. Brantley

Vice Chair: Cory Havard

Finance Chair: Joanne McMurphy

Secretary: Ashleigh Gibson

Debbie Smith,  Carla Brooks, Jean Brantley

Womens Auxiliary

The Advisory Board is a group of influential community leaders who give their time and efforts to further the mission of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. They assist with Salvation Army programs and events, interpret community needs, and facilitate the development of resources.

Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army!

2019-2020 Women’s Auxiliary

Chair: Kimberly Joseph

Vice-Chair: Sally Lohrbach

Secretary: Sandra French-Rushing

Treasurer: Tekla Johnson

Emily Burke, Bobbie Brown, Jane French, Denice Gore, Felicia Harper, Linda Hornsby, Leslie Kelley, Elvie Guthrie-Lewis, Miriam Mitchell, Jonelle Swetman, Erica Young

Biloxi Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of influential community leaders who give their time and efforts to further the mission of The Salvation Army and enhance the Advisory Board. They assist with Salvation Army programs and events, interpret community needs, and facilitate the development of resources.

Biloxi 2019-2020 Advisory Council

Chair: Eric Dickey

Vice Chair: Tom Collins

Finance Chair: Richard Schmidt

Secretary: Alyetra Perryman

Victor Mavar, De Wood

Gulfport Advisory Council

The Advisory Board is a group of influential community leaders who give their time and efforts to further the mission of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. They assist with Salvation Army programs and events, interpret community needs, and facilitate the development of resources.

Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army!

Gulfport 2019-2020 Advisory Council

Chair: Lenoard Papania

Vice Chair: Susan Williams

Finance Chair: Ted Hearn

Secretary: Jamie Richardson

Wade Bishop, Roland Weeks