Commencement Speaker 2017


Commissioner David Jeffrey
Commissioner David Jeffrey

National Commander
The Salvation Army National Headquarters

Commissioner David Jeffrey returned to USA National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, to take up his appointment as National Commander effective October 14, 2013, after having served as the Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory since August 1, 2011. Immediately preceding his appointment in the USA Southern Territory, he served as the National Chief Secretary at USA National Headquarters. 

He has served in a number of corps and administrative appointments. Before entering the College for Officer Training, Commissioner Jeffrey assisted in Fairmont, West Virginia, and was in charge of the Norway, West Virginia Outpost. As cadet-lieutenant, he served as Corps Officer in Front Royal, Virginia, and Grafton, West Virginia. His field appointments following his commissioning included the Baltimore (Hampden) and Hagerstown Corps in Maryland.

Commissioner Jeffrey’s divisional staff appointments included the following:  Divisional Youth Leader in the National Capital and Virginia, and North and South Carolina Divisions; Divisional Secretary in the North and South Carolina Division; and General Secretary in the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, and Georgia Divisions.

He also served as the Personnel Director and then as the Assistant Principal at the Evangeline Booth College. In addition, Commissioner Jeffrey has served as the Divisional Commander for the Kentucky and Tennessee and Texas Divisions, as well as Secretary for Program.

Commissioner Jeffrey has served as a Salvation Army officer for 45 years. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Arts degree in Religion. 

He is from Morgantown, West Virginia, and is married to Barbara who serves alongside him as the National President of Women’s Ministries. They were married in 1969 and have two sons, David William and Mark Stephen, who is married to Sue-Ann, as well as three grandsons, Blake, Mitchell, and Parker Wyatt.