Officers

Area Commanders Majors Tom and Julie Louden

Major Tom Louden, area commander

Major Tom Louden is a lifelong, fourth generation Salvationist from the Martinsburg, WV corps. Major Louden is married to Major Julie Anne Louden, a lifelong, fifth generation Salvationist. They are the proud parents of four children: Caleb, Emily, Elizabeth and Ericka. Major Tom Louden is an honor Junior Soldier, Graduate Honors Corps Cadet and 17-year officer of The Salvation Army, USA Southern Territory.

Major Louden attended Asbury College with a major in history and psychology and minors in economics and sociology. He served as a sergeant in Thomasville, North Carolina, and as the corps officer in Sand Springs and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and most recently as area commander in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Prior to his appointment to Fort Lauderdale, Florida Major Louden served for six years on the staff of the Evangeline Booth College School for Officer Training culminating with his appointment as the director of personnel. 

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Louden-JMajor Julie Anne Louden is an honor Junior Soldier, Graduate Honors Corp Cadet, and 16-year officer of The Salvation Army, USA Southern Territory. Major Louden received a bachelor of arts from Asbury College with a major in Christian ministries and church music with a minor in music. She served as a sergeant in Thomasville, North Carolina, and the corps officer in Sands Springs and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was area commander and women's ministries coordinator in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to her appointment to Fort Lauderdale, Major Louden served for six years on the staff of the Evangeline Booth College School for Officers Training culminating with her appointment as the assistant to the director of personnel.

The Majors Louden consider their marriage, parenting their four children and their calling to be an officers in The Salvation Army their most sacred and important commitments. Both majors Julie and Tom are passionate about the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ and claim Him as their savior and friend. It is their life’s ambition to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus and lead others to Jesus.

Major Melissa Anderson

Anderson-MYou can say that Major 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 being 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 girls feel very blessed to be serving in Fort Myers.

Captain Kenneth A. Fagan

Fagen-KCaptain Fagan is a third generation Salvationist. He entered The Salvation Army Southern Territory College for Officer Training in 1982 from the Prince Georges, Maryland, Corps. He was commissioned in the Servants of God session on June 3, 1984, and he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. In, 1989 he was promoted to captain. From June 1984, until September 1997, Captain Fagan was the commanding officer in four corps appointments: Shelby, North Carolina; Wilson, North Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Daytona Beach, Florida. For the next 14 years, he was employed by another national human service organization. He held various development positions during that time, and he raised millions of dollars to assist those whose lives had been disrupted by disaster.

On April 16, 2012, Captain Fagan was appointed by The Salvation Army, as the director of the mission station in Bonita Springs, Florida. Working under the SW Florida Area Command, Captain Fagan initiates and develops the ministry programs in Bonita Springs. He is the father of Captain Lynda Thornhill of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Scott Fagan of St. Cloud, FL.

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.

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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.


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