Corps Vitality Weekend: Salvation Army Leadership Training is aimed at better equipping the Midland division for being deployed into service. This year we will explore "myth busting" the barriers we experience between us and being effectively deployed into service. We want to bust the the myths we believe that limit our service in our communities while walking delegates through ideas for their own areas of service.

We encourage corps soldiers, key leaders and potential leaders, employees, Advisory Board members, volunteers...anyone who is an active participant (or is looking to be more so) in the mission of The Salvation Army should consider attending!


Envoys Steve & Sharon Bussey

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Steve and Sharon Bussey are the co-directors of Salvation Factory in the USA Eastern Territory. They began in Salvation Army ministry when they were fourteen years old as the leaders of an outpost Sunday School for at-risk youth in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sharon became the YP Sergeant at her Corps and continued to serve the Lord as she developed management skills in a large South African corporation. Steve studied theology and missiology in Canada during which time he was the Youth Coordinator for MissionFest Toronto, worked for World Vision Canada and coordinated a national student prayer movement for college students across the country.

In 1996, Sharon and Steve were married and served as Envoys in Cape Town, South Africa as Divisional Youth

Secretaries for the Western Cape Division and Corps Officers of Woodstock, Wynberg and Observatory Corps. In 1999, they relocated to New York to work as Youth Mission and Leadership specialists for the USA Eastern Territory. Then in 2001, Steve and Sharon joined Majors Larry and Janet Ashcraft at Project 1:17: School of Youth Ministry and Mission. In 2006 they became the co-directors of the school and in 2007, under their leadership, Project 1:17 developed into a two-year training program called 'Railton School for Youth Worker Training.' In September 2012, Steve and Sharon were commissioned to begin a new endeavor called Salvation Factory: A Salvation Army imaginarium which focuses on innovation in research, development and design, providing resources and training to enhance the mission of The Salvation Army.

 Their deep desire is to live for the glory of God and the Salvation of the world. They seek to do this most with their two daughters, Skyela and Summar who daily teach them what it means to embrace Jesus’ Great Commission.



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Rachel, a newlywed and new Lt. is serving as a The Salvation Army officer in Lafayette, Indiana (with her husband and better half, Aaron). She loves being a Salvation Army Officer, a good hug, being married to Aaron, her amazing gal pals, being a Hoosier, sharing coffee with people she loves, reading books, making a mess in the kitchen, hosting dinner parties, and seeing new corners of the world. 

Rachel loves conversations that revolve around the future of The Salvation Army (especially around a fire), incorporating social justice into everyday life, watching people become their best selves, Sunbeams (our future leaders) and sharing the love of Christ.

And, my favorite song is “Tis so sweet to Trust in Jesus”.

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Wesleyan Theology of a Holistic Gospel

In 2018, The Salvation Army appointed Captain Bersabé Vera as the Divisional Secretary of the Northern Division. She is responsible for the oversight of the corps in the Twin Cities and the development of the Advisory Board. Captain Vera received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Phoenix University and a master’s degree in theology from Asbury Theological Seminary.  She graduated from The Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in Chicago in 2010 and was ordained and commissioned as a Salvation Army officer. She previously served as corps officer in Blue Island, IL for six years and as the congregational life and Youth officer at the Omaha (Kroc), Ne. for two years and ten years in Kansas City as Divisional Director of Hispanic Ministries. She looks forward to the many opportunities that God will provide in the days, months and years ahead – opportunities to serve him and others – opportunities to trust him, lean on him, acknowledge him, and walk with him moment by moment.

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Deployed in a Digital World

Captain Scott Strissel graduated with his Masters in Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University. Has been an Officer for 14 years. He and his wife, Shanais, have four children: Isaiah, Zechariah, Isabella & Ethan.

Scott Strissel has been a contributing writer to YS Magazine, the War Cry, and Salvationist Magazine in Canada. In addition to this, he started a blog,, 8 years ago and writes on a number of topics, mostly Salvation Army & Christian in nature. In the midst of all of this, Social Media has been his primary platform.