Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.  Matthew 28:19 – 20, MSG

Engaging in the act of discipling others is the call of all believers!  Corps Vitality:  Soldier Training Weekend will focus on how discipleship takes place through intentional relationship building.  Our main guest speaker will focus on practical ways to build relationships as discipleship.  We will also have three breakout tracks for further development:  Worship Planning for Fostering Relationships, Engaging Youth Discipleship, and Conflict Resolutions Skills.   

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Jim Henderson is acclaimed by USA Today for having "blazed a new path...in the creation of new ways to be publicly and persuasively Christian." His company, Jim Henderson Presents, produces live events and television projects. He holds a doctorate in transformational leadership and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on Fox News and This American Life with Ira Glass. He has written multiple books on the topic of encouraging the Christian community to engage non-believers in new ways such as Outsiders: Evangelism Without Additives and Jim and Casper Go to Church.

Jim lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife Barbara.


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Sam Arias is a Salvationist musician based in Chicago. Over the last 6 years he has been a part of territorial worship band, The Singing Company, and attends the Irving Park corps in the city. Apart from traveling and playing music, Sam is also a freelance photographer and videographer. He can usually be found in his hammock enjoying the great outdoors.




Nate Irvine is a life long Salvationist from Chicago, and he's served in full-time youth ministry for the past 11 years. He holds a BA from Trinity International University in Biblical Studies. In his free time, Nate's probably playing music, taking pictures, playing sports, or watching the Cubs.  Sometimes all at once.  He married way up to Danielle 7 years ago, and they have an almost one year old son named Judah. 



LaKeysha Fields is a Licensed Social Worker who believes that the provision of quality services requires having responsive program initiatives, ongoing staff development, and engagement with social infrastructures. She has been a social services professional for 14 years, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Fields is the Pathway of Hope Divisional Coordinator at The Salvation Army where she manages several social development programs within the Midland Division including Pathway of Hope and Disaster Recovery Services. LaKeysha is also a national trainer for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services and has been a contributor to several publications including Faith in Action and most recently, The Salvation Army’s Casework Certification Manual. Ms. Fields has over a decade of experience as a speaker and facilitator supporting capacity building in social services and other professional development topics. Motivated by her faith in God and people, LaKeysha believes that investing in hope produces the greatest good for all.

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Major Donna Leedom has served as a soldier and officer of The Salvation Army for more than 25 years.  She has held a variety of appointments around the territory where she worked to learn stories, love deeply, collect friends and serve God faithfully.  Having recently returned from service at national headquarters in Alexandria, VA, where she served as host for the National Seminar on Evangelism, she has taken up leadership of the territorial adult mission advancement team. Trusting Christ has been the best decision of her life and has led her on faith-deepening and inspiring adventures. 

Her children, Allison (24) and Geoffry (21) have begun their own journeys in life and adventures in faith. Allison lives and works in Glenwood Springs, CO, and Geoffry lives with her in Arlington Heights, IL