Majors Bethany and Todd Hawks took office as North Texas Area Commanders in June 2020. They oversee one of The Salvation Army’s largest U.S. Area Commands, covering a five-county territory: Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Ellis Counties. Operations include 30 Salvation Army officers, more than 400 staff members, and a budget of $41 million to deliver an extensive range of compassionate services and spiritual programs to meet human need without discrimination.
The North Texas Area Commanders are responsible for a faith-based nonprofit organization that includes 13 community centers, four homeless shelters, two apartment buildings for senior citizens, two social service centers, and two Christmas assistance centers.
Directing a complex enterprise that is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined is no simple task. The North Texas Area 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.
Majors Todd and Bethany Hawks were commissioned as officers in The Salvation Army at different points in their lives. Todd was commissioned in 1978 and has served as commanding officer in several southern communities in Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Bethany realized her calling to The Salvation Army after various ministries in which she worked with domestic violence victims, seniors, women, and children. She was commissioned in 2001 and began her officership in western New York at the Divisional Headquarters and then as a corps officer.
Todd and Bethany married in 2005. That October, Todd was appointed to the National Headquarters of The Salvation Army as National Public Affairs Secretary and Associate Community Relations Secretary. He held administrative responsibility for assisting with marketing, communications, and government and corporate relations, including development and disaster services. Bethany served as the National Consultant on Youth Ministries during this time.
The Hawks were appointed Area Commanders of Greater Charlotte in 2008. In 2012, their ministry adventure led them to the Georgia Divisional Headquarters, where Todd became General Secretary and Bethany assisted in officer development and, together, they served as Area Commanders to Atlanta. In 2017, they were appointed to the Divisional Headquarters of North & South Carolina, where Todd took on the role of General Secretary and Bethany as Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries. In 2018, Bethany became the Divisional Secretary for Program.
Todd and Bethany have three children, Caedon, Camden, and Carsyn.