Area Commanders
Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam

Gilliam-smallNew to the Fort Myers Command, Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam now oversee all programs (both social services and ministry) administered by The Salvation Army in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Salvation Army officers for nearly 20 years, Majors Gilliam have served as Corps Officers (pastors) in Texas and Area Commanders in Waco, Texas. They have also overseen divisional youth services in Maryland and in West Virginia. Prior to their move to Fort Myers, the Gilliams served four years in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Major Tim was Area Commander and Major Cheryl was the Corps Officer at the St. Petersburg Citadel.

Majors Tim and Cheryl, and their three children – Jacob, attending Southeastern University in Lakeland; Ashleigh, a senior in high school; and Michael, a sixth grader – look forward to the time they will spend in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.

"We love our ministry as Salvation Army officers," commented Major Tim Gilliam. "We're always excited to see what the Holy Spirit is going to do next, because we enjoy serving and bringing hope into the lives of those in need."

Corps Officers
Lieutenants Jay and Heather Needham

Lts. Jay and Heather NeedhamAfter graduating from officer training at Evangeline Booth College (in the Proclaimers of the Resurrection session), Lieutenants Jonathan (Jay) and Heather Needham received their appointment as Corps Officers in Fort Myers in June 2013.

Both say they were "born" into The Army. Lt. Jay is a sixth-generation officer, and Lt. Heather is a fourth-generation officer.

Married in 2007, Lieutenants Jay and Heather have two lovely and lively children, Griffin, age four, and Harper, age one and one-half. Lt. Jay is completing his bachelor's degree in Christian ministries at Trevecca Nazarene University, and Lt. Heather holds a degree in early childhood education from South Nazarene University in Oklahoma.

As Corps officers, Lieutenants Jay and Heather Needham plan services and oversee all ministry work such as youth and adult programs, women's Home League, summer camp and holiday activities including Christmas.

Major Melissa Anderson

Anderson-MMajor Melissa Riefer Anderson was born into The Salvation Army; she is a fourth-generation Salvationist. Her officer parents raised her to love God and to love and serve His people. She entered the School for Officer's Training in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1987 with the Ambassador's For Christ session. She was commissioned June 4, 1989 with her first Corps appointment in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

She has two beautiful daughters, Brie and Meagan. Together, she and her late husband Joseph had Corps appointments in the Arkansas/Oklahoma division, the Georgia division and the Kentucky/Tennessee division. Major Melissa also served in the Kentucky/Tennessee division for two years as the community care ministry and older adult ministry secretary. She and her daughters feel very blessed to be serving in Fort Myers.

Operations of The Salvation Army are supervised by trained, commissioned officers. They proclaim the gospel and serve as administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, youth leaders, and musicians.


These men and women have dedicated their lives, skills, and service completely to God. Lay members who subscribe to the doctrines of The Salvation Army are called soldiers. Along with officers, they are known as Salvationists.

 About Us

90¢ of every dollar raised by the Lee, Hendry, Glades Counties Command is used to sustain life-changing programs that bring hope to hurting souls.

The Salvation Army assists more than 33 million individuals throughout the year in the United States – over 6 million of those during the holiday season alone.

What Others Are Saying

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
November 16, 2013

"One of the top 10 charities that that gives supporters more bang for their buck."
Forbes Magazine,
December 2003

The Salvation Army is “America’s favorite and most trusted charity” according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy


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