Joining the Cabinet
Colonels Kenneth O. and Paula Johnson, who recently served as leaders of the USA Southern Territory’s Florida Division, have come to the USA Eastern Territory. Kenneth now serves as chief secretary, and Paula as the territorial secretary for women’s ministries.
The Johnsons were both born into the homes of Salvation Army officer parents and are 4th–generation Salvationists. They were commissioned in 1984 and served at two corps in the Texas Division before going to Atlanta to serve on the faculty of the College for Officer Training.
They also have served at several divisional appointments in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.
In 1998, the Johnsons were appointed to the Arkansas–Oklahoma Division where they were later responsible for all Salvation Army disaster services during the major tornado outbreaks in 1999 and 2004.
From 2004–2008, the Johnsons served as leaders in the Georgia Division and in the Texas Division.
In 2010, the Johnsons became leaders of the Eastern Europe Territory based in Moscow, Russia. They oversaw the Salvation Army’s work in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and the Republic of Georgia.
Kenneth graduated from the University of North Carolina–Asheville with a degree in business administration.
The Johnsons have two children, Christopher and Ashley, and two grandchildren. Kenneth enjoys cross–country cycling, music, scuba diving, and saltwater aquariums. Paula likes reading and scrapbooking.
Lt. Colonels James and Patricia LaBossiere have returned to Territorial Headquarters, where James now serves as secretary for program and Patricia as secretary for spiritual life development and social justice consultant.
The LaBossieres have been Salvation Army officers for 31 years and have served as corps officers in Massachusetts, as divisional youth leaders in Western Pennsylvania, and as territorial youth & candidates secretaries for the Eastern Territory.
James also served as general secretary in the Western Pennsylvania Division and in the Massachusetts Division. Patricia served as women’s ministries secretary in Western Pennsylvania and as program secretary in Massachusetts. The couple most recently served together as leaders of the Northern New England Division.
James earned a bachelor’s degree in community ministry and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, both from Geneva College in Pennsylvania. In 2001, he was appointed as a delegate to the International College for Officers in London, England.
Patricia is passionate about prayer and social justice. In 2010, she attended the Brengle Holiness Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management & church studies from Nyack College in New York.
The LaBossieres have been married for 34 years and have two grown sons, Dave and his wife, Emma, and 3-month-old Edyn Joy; and Dan and his wife, Leannn. James and Patricia enjoy bicycling, kayaking, hiking and reading.