DFW Metroplex Commanders Majors Michele and Ward Matthews were appointed June 24, 2009. In this position, they oversee The Salvation Army’s largest U.S. area command, covering a five-county territory including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Ellis Counties. The Matthews manage an operation that includes 30 Salvation Army officers, a staff of more than 400 employees, and a budget of $44 million to deliver an extensive range of compassionate services and spiritual programs to meet human needs in the community.
The DFW Metroplex Commanders are responsible for a faith-based nonprofit organization that includes 15 community centers, four homeless shelters, two apartment buildings for senior citizens, two social service centers, and a Christmas assistance center.
Directing a complex enterprise that is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined is no simple task. The DFW Metroplex Command is privileged to have an important group of community stakeholders serving on an Advisory Board to lend their expertise to the overall management of the enterprise. The members of the Advisory Board serve on a variety of committees in the areas of program services, business services, resource development and marketing. As committee members, they help make key decisions for the organization and participate in strategic planning to ensure The Salvation Army continues successfully meet human needs as our area population continues to grow.
Major Michele Matthews graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky with degrees in Psychology and Social Services. She went on to become a Registered Nurse, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Johns Hopkins, she worked at the Veterans Hospital in Tampa in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Major Ward Matthews graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta with degrees in History and Religion. He has held appointments with The Salvation Army in Danville, Kentucky; Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia; Oklahoma City; Fort Lauderdale; and in the Legal Department at the organization’s Southern Territorial headquarters in Atlanta.
In 1999, Michele and Ward were married and have served together in Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2005, they were asked to serve as The Salvation Army’s Chief Development Officer and Chief Financial Officer in the Caribbean, overseeing the organization’s work in the 16 countries in the Caribbean basin.