WHO WE ARE : LEADERSHIP

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Territories are divided into divisions, with a Divisional Commander, the division’s spiritual and administrative leader, leading a team of administrative officers in each division. Each division encompasses a number of corps and other Salvation Army centers. Where it is not possible for a corps to have its own full-time commanding officer, non-commissioned local officers (lay leaders) are often asked to accept some responsibility for local leadership.


Major Evan P. Hickman

Divisional Commander

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Major Hickman was born and raised in Central Indiana. He was the son of a pastor/farmer/electrician and his mother was a factory employee. Sports played a big role in Major Hickman’s life. He was a two sport athlete in high school. He served as president of the high school chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and secretary of the Letterman’s Club. Major Hickman graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School in 1983.

Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky was where Major Hickman majored in Human Services (Social Work) and Public Recreation. Major Hickman graduated in 1987. It was during his college placements that he learned about The Salvation Army and completed three placements at the Lexington, Kentucky Corps working with the homeless population and the community center football and basketball programs. Major Hickman also attended Ball State University in Muncie Indiana for one semester.

Major Hickman was first employed by The Salvation Army Camp Swoneky in the summer of 1987. He served as the program director. Following the summer Major Hickman was hired as a corps case worker and assistant community center director for The Salvation Army of Lexington Kentucky. Major Hickman attended the University of Kentucky graduate school of Social Work while he was employed at Lexington.

In 1991, the Hickmans moved to Suffern, New York to attend The Salvation Army School for Officer Training. Since being commissioned, the Hickman family has served as Corps Officers in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hamilton, Ohio, Newburyport, Massachusetts and in Lexington, Kentucky as Area Commanders and Corps Officers. Since 2001, Major Hickman has served in youth work, four years as Divisional Youth secretary in New Jersey where he gave leadership to the 400 acre Camp Tecumseh. From 2005-2008 Major Hickman served as the Assistant Territorial Youth Secretary. Major Hickman served as the Divisional Secretary for Program in The Greater New York Division and also as the General Secretary of the Greater New York Division. On July 1, 2013, Major Hickman began his appointment as the Divisional Commander of the Northeast Ohio Division. Major Hickman continues to be an avid sports enthusiast, has recently completed his first NYC marathon and continues to keep a keen eye on social issues.


Major Suzanne R. Hickman

Director of Women's Ministries

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Major Suzanne Hickman is the daughter of officer parents Majors Stanley and Sandra Senak . Major Suzanne lived in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Massachusetts. She claims Massachusetts as her home as she spent most of her life living there. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1979. She attended Suffolk University in Boston studying Business Administration and Accounting when she felt God calling her to be a Salvation Army officer. She never dreamed of being an officer, but after helping with a feeding program at her local Salvation Army, she felt God urging her and asking her if she would do this for Him. She is passionate about helping the homeless and those who have lost their way.

Major Suzanne entered The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in 1984 and graduated in 1986. Her first appointment was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she served for six months. She was then transferred to Lexington, Kentucky where she met Evan Hickman. After marrying Evan Hickman she worked for Bank One as a teller and credit card manager until returning to The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in 1991 with Evan.

In 1991, the Hickmans moved to Suffern, New York to attend The Salvation Army School for Officer Training. Since being commissioned, the Hickman family has served as Corps Officers in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hamilton, Ohio, Newburyport, Massachusetts and in Lexington, Kentucky as Area Commanders and Corps Officers. Since 2001, Major Hickman has served in youth work, four years as Associate Divisional Youth Secretary in New Jersey where she gave leadership to the 400 acre Camp Tecumseh. From 2005-2008 Major Hickman served as the Children’s Outreach Ministries Director. Major Hickman served as the Women’s Ministries Secretary for 4 years and then the Divisional Secretary for Program in The Greater New York Division. On July 1, 2013, Major Hickman began her appointment as the Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries of the Northeast Ohio Division.