TERRITORIAL LEADERS: Commissioners Swanson
In February 2013, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson was appointed Territorial Commander and Commissioner E. Sue Swanson Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. Commissioner Barry Swanson is the administrative and ecclesiastical leader of The Salvation Army in 10 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with headquarters in West Nyack, N.Y. The territory includes more than 1,600 active and retired officers, 369 corps, and more than 1,000 other centers.
Commissioner Swanson, a native of Chicago, attended Northern Illinois University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In 1975, he married Sue Miller and they entered the College for Officer Training in 1976, and were commissioned as officers in 1978. Lieutenants Barry and Sue were appointed to corps work in Michigan and served for 12 years.
In 1990, Commissioner Barry attended the Army’s International College for Officers (ICO) in London, England. In 2000, Commissioner Sue had a similar opportunity to grow in her faith with other officers at ICO. Both testify to the truly enriching experience that being a delegate at the ICO affords.
In June 1990, the Captains Swanson were appointed to the Heartland Divisional Headquarters in the Central Territory, followed by another corps appointment prior to becoming the divisional leaders in 1995, with the rank of major.
In July 1999, they were appointed to Territorial Headquarters in Chicago, with the rank of lt. colonel. In 2001, Lt. Colonel Sue became the territorial candidates secretary. In July 2006, the Swansons were appointed to National Headquarters as national chief secretary and as national secretary for Women’s Ministries.
A year later and promoted to the rank of commissioner, the Swansons were appointed to International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, where Commissioner Barry became the International Secretary for the Americas and Caribbean Zone, while Commissioner Sue Swanson was appointed as Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries. Just one year later, in October 2008, Commissioners Swanson returned to the USA to assume responsibilities as Territorial Leaders of the USA Central Territory. In addition to being appointed Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, Commissioner Sue was given the role of Territorial Ambassador for Prayer.
In May 2010 the Commissioners returned to IHQ as Chief of the Staff and World President of Women’s Ministries, respectively. As Chief, Commissioner Barry Swanson was second–in–command of the worldwide Salvation Army and chief administrative officer for The Salvation Army’s IHQ.
The Swansons are parents to four adult children: Joan Kurtz, married to Patrick; Will and Chrissy Swanson, who have two daughters, Luella and Martha, and a son, Barry; Michael, married to Leah; and Andrea Strand, married to Colin, who have twin boys, Walter and Harvey.