Message from the Divisional Commander

Apr 19, 2021

Dear Friends,

What a joy it is to be able to greet you from my office in Anchorage! My wife, Lt. Colonel Sheryl Tollerud and I are so pleased to have been assigned as the Divisional Leaders for The Salvation Army here in Alaska for the second time in our officership. We previously served as The Salvation Army’s Divisional Leaders for Alaska from 2006 to July 2011. Lt. Colonel Sheryl and I most recently served at The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in California.

As you may know, commissioned officers and ordained ministers of The Salvation Army are typically appointed to new service locations every 2-5 years. Effective April 7, the Alaska Division said farewell to Majors John and Pamilla Brackenbury who have now taken on their responsibilities as Divisional Leaders for The Salvation Army’s Del Oro Division in California.

Our family has a rich history and love for the state of Alaska. Lt. Colonel Sheryl was born in Anchorage right after Alaska reached statehood and I was stationed at Fort Richardson while serving in the U.S. Army from 1976-1979. Our children and grandchildren also reside and work here.

I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with our partners here in Alaska and to building new partnerships to further The Salvation Army mission and to continue Doing the Most Good for the most vulnerable in Alaska.

With the change of seasons upon us and the days getting brighter, I would like to share with you the following scripture from Isaiah 61:11, “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

May you have a safe and warm spring!


Lt. Colonel Douglas Tollerud
Divisional Commander
The Salvation Army Alaska Division

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