Meet Lt. Col. Donna Evans, National Head of Officer Personnel

As the National Head of Officer Personnel, what are you responsible for?

Anything to do with the officers across Australia comes under my department. My team is spread across the country, all helping to develop, resource and release officers.

What areas are you focusing on at the moment?

One area we are responding to is the declining officer numbers and we’re also exploring ways to ensure officers develop the more specialised skill-set that is required of them today.

My passion is that the Personnel team would know, value and understand each officer, with an intention that they be placed in appointments where they flourish.

You’ve been an officer for more than 20 years. What have been the highlights?

There have been so many highlights, but planting the work of The Salvation Army in Hervey Bay, and serving as a leader in the Netherlands are two that stand out.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a creative, free-thinking pioneer who loves journeying with people and seeing them move closer to Jesus.

I’m also a passionate communicator; I love communicating theology in an understandable way.

What’s your idea of a relaxing day?

A walk in the countryside, followed by morning tea at a plant nursery where there’s a good café. I enjoy gardening, so quite often return home with something new to plant in the garden. A good book or movie are other good options.

What is your prayer for The Salvation Army at this time?

It is my prayer that people who are marginalised or lonely and those who are in any kind of poverty (not just financial) would be able to step into the love of Jesus and flourish. I want that for every person.

I pray that as an Army we can be creating those spaces of inclusion, spaces to grow, spaces where people know that they are valued and loved.

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