What is Ordination and Commissioning?
The Salvation Army Ordination and Commissioning weekend is part of the high holy days and is an annual event where new officers, soldiers, and others gather to worship, celebrate and pray together. During this weekend, the cadets who have completed two years of training are ordained and commissioned to serve in various communities throughout The Salvation Army. The event is a celebration of the new officers’ commitment to serving others and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. It involves worship services, prayer, and devotion by Salvation Army leaders and special guests. The Commissioning is an essential moment in the life of The Salvation Army and serves as a reminder of its mission to “meet human needs in Christ’s name without discrimination.”
Commissioners Verona & Devon Haughton have served as officers of The Salvation Army for the last forty-six and forty-one years respectively.
Commissioner Verona Haughton (nee Henry) entered The Salvation Army Training College in 1974 as a member of the “Overcomers” session and was a delegate at the Administrative Leadership Training Course in Australia and Training Principal’s conference in London. Commissioner Verona holds a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Psychology & Counselling and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counselling. She also has certificates in Supervisory Management and Public Speaking from Training and Development Services, a branch of Human Resource Development.
Commissioner Devon Haughton entered The Salvation Army Training College in 1979 as a member of the “God’s Soldiers” session. A delegate of the 145th Session of the International College for Officers (ICO) he also participated in training courses for Training Principals in Santiago and London. He has completed studies in Management at William & Catherine Booth Theological College. The Commissioners served in corps and institutional appointments in Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, and were divisional leaders for the Eastern and Western Jamaica Divisions. They both served on separate occasions as training principals for the territory’s training college. At the Caribbean Territorial Headquarters, Commissioner Devon served as Secretary for Programme, Territorial Evangelist, and Chief Secretary while Commissioner Verona served as Secretary for Leader Development, Secretary for Spiritual Life Development, and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries. Since April 2, 2018 Commissioners Haughton were appointed Territorial Leaders of the Caribbean Territory.
For recreation, they enjoy sports, travel, taking long walks, and reading. Above everything else, the Commissioners love the Lord, His people, and His work and are completely committed to the mission of “saving souls, growing saints, and serving suffering humanity”.
They have been married for 41 years and are proud parents of an adult daughter, Tephanie Olivia, who brings them great joy.
The music of the Brooklyn Tabernacle will be featuring a vocal group ensemble originally formed out of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The ensemble is composed of vocally untrained church members who have recorded over thirty albums, won five Dove Awards and six Grammy Awards. Visit BrooklynTabernacle.org for more information.
This incredible evening will include worship led by Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Music Director, Carol Cymbala, powerful testimonies, and an encouraging message of God’s faithfulness from Senior Pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Jim Cymbala. This special night of worship will also feature the Dove Award winning Christian artist, TaRanda Greene as well as multi Dove Award winning worship leader Alvin Slaughter.