Commissioners Barry C. And E. Sue Swanson
Eastern Territorial Commander
Eastern Territorial President, Women’s Ministries
In February 2013 Commissioner Barry C. Swanson was appointed as Territorial Commander and Commissioner E. Sue Swanson as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries for the USA Eastern Territory. As territorial commander, Commissioner Barry Swanson is the administrative and ecclesiastical leader of The Salvation Army in 10 eastern states including Puerto Rico, with headquarters in West Nyack, New York. The territory includes more than 1,600 active and retired officers, 369 corps and over 1,000 other centres of operation.
Commissioner Barry Swanson is a native of Chicago, Illinois, having 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, being commissioned as officers in 1978. Lieutenants Barry and Sue Swanson were appointed to corps work in Michigan and continued in this sphere of ministry for 12 years.
In 1990 Commissioner Swanson attended The Salvation Army’s International College for Officers (ICO) in London, England. Commissioner Sue Swanson had a similar opportunity to grow in her faith in Christ with other officers at the ICO in 2000. Both testify to the truly enriching experience that being a delegate at the ICO affords.
Captains Swanson were first appointed to Heartland Divisional Headquarters in the USA Central Territory in June 1990, followed by another corps appointment prior to becoming the divisional leaders of Heartland Division in August 1995, with promotion to the rank of major.
The Swansons’ officer experience was further widened in July 1999 when they were appointed to territorial headquarters in Chicago, with promotion to lieutenant-colonel. In 2001 Lieut-Colonel Sue became the Territorial Candidates’Secretary – a role she found particularly fulfilling. This was followed by an appointment in July 2006, to USA National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia – Lieut-Colonel Barry Swanson as National Chief Secretary and Lieut-Colonel Sue Swanson 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, England where Commissioner Barry Swanson became 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 the role of territorial President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue was given the additional appointment 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; Michael, who is married to Kristina Bonesteel; and Andrea Strand, who is married to Colin.