‘Stars’ of the West

The Western Territory recognizes soldiers at the Army of Stars banquet.

The Salvation Army Western Territory recognized its “stars” during Commissioning 2013 with an Army of Stars banquet and awards show on June 15. The event honored one soldier from each division who has exemplified commitment, service and Salvationism to his/her corps and division.


Alaska Division, Gateway Corps

Richard Zellmer has been a soldier for 10 years. He has a passion for people, especially youth, and encourages them in their spiritual walk. He is the thrift store manager but also gives his time to the corps as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader. He joins the Youth With A Mission team in Ketchikan to serve the kids in the village of Saxman.


Cascade Division, Grants Pass Corps

Robin Brokaw is the young people’s sergeant-major (YPSM), teaches corps cadets, serves as singing company and Bible Bowl leader and teaches guitar. A soldier for 35 years, she is a pillar of strength to the youth, teaching and mentoring, and is an inspiration to everyone for her devotion, unwavering faith, encouraging words and prayers.


Del Oro Division, Concord Corps

Bandmaster James Black is an example of servant leadership. His quiet, godly influence has touched countless lives in Scotland and in Oakland and Concord, Calif. In addition to music, he contributes to the corps and community through his Bible-based knowledge and gift of wisdom. He offers encouragement to young leaders in living up to their God-given potential.


Golden State Division, San Francisco All Nations Corps

Mrs. Keum-Yeon Kim—When Kim and her husband, Corps

Sergeant-Major (CSM) Yun Kyu Kim (promoted to Glory in 2000), came to San Francisco from Korea in 1971, they had a vision for a Korean corps and started meetings in their home. Since the corps was established in 1988, Kim has supported every endeavor, serving as Home League secretary, CSM and youth leader for almost 25 years.


Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, Kroc Corps Community Center

Steve Luke is an example of a faithful soldier and volunteer at both the Leeward Corps and the Kroc Center. A soldier for 12 years, he serves as Sunday school teacher, usher/greeter and chief volunteer. Although he holds a full-time job, he helps at the corps wherever needed with a willing and generous spirit.


Intermountain Division, Cheyenne (Wyo.) Corps

CSM Jim Webber has been a soldier for 50 years and CSM for over 48 years. His dedicated service includes buying a bus at his own expense, picking up children and seniors and faithfully attending and supporting every corps activity. He is an example of Salvationism and a model of Christian faith.


Northwest Division, Seattle Temple Corps

YPSM Catherine Dooley has a heart for mission—whether abroad or in her own neighborhood. A soldier for 33 years, she serves as a youth leader for several programs and gives ongoing support to corps events and fundraising. She is a loyal Salvationist, an engaged soldier, a disciplined financial supporter and possesses a true servant’s heart.


Sierra del Mar Division, Riverside Corps

Patty Ferguson has been a soldier for 44 years, serving as acting Home League secretary, junior soldier sergeant, Sunday school teacher, community care leader, Angel Tree coordinator, Sunbeam leader, cook, and transportation provider. She has a heart for ministry and spends the majority of her time volunteering for the Army.


Southern California Division, Inglewood Citadel Corps

Donna Montgomery is an exemplary soldier who participates in every program of the corps. She contacted businesses and schools to donate food for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the food pantry, coordinating the entire program and representing the Army in the community. Montgomery lives every day to serve God, her family and her corps.


Southwest Division, Las Vegas Corps

Bandmaster Pete Cooper is the youth and senior bandmaster and leads brass instruction in the afterschool program. He gives tirelessly to these programs and also participates in the divisional music camp. He provides private lessons to young people and often recruits them to play with the Army in order to bring them to the Lord and the corps.

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