DFW Metroplex Commanders, Majors Barbara and Jonathan Rich, took
office June 22, 2015. They oversee one of The Salvation Army’s largest U.S. area
commands, covering a five-county territory including 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
The DFW Metroplex 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 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
Barbara (Cheyne) Rich was born in Chicago, IL to Salvation Army
Officer parents. They lived in
Flint and Grand Rapids) during Barbara’s growing up years. In 1982 Barbara
graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Elementary Education. In Chicago, Barbara worked for The Salvation Army in the
development department before entering the School for Officers’ Training.
Barbara has also pursued graduate education in the field of education and
Jonathan Rich was
born in New York City. His parents were Salvation Army officers. His family lived most of Jonathan’s growing up
years in the New York City Area. In 1982 Jonathan graduated from Bucknell
University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After
an internship on Wall Street, Jonathan worked as a CPA for Price Waterhouse in Chicago
before entering the School for Officers’ Training. He has also pursued graduate
theological studies at Ashland Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
and Bethel Seminary.
Jonathan and Barbara
were married in 1982 and were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1987.
They are both 5th
generation officers. After serving together for 12 years in Corps, Divisional
appointments in the Central Territory, Jonathan and Barbara accepted a calling
to a congregation in Kansas City area church for thirteen years. During that
time, Jonathan was the Executive
Pastor and Barbara
volunteered at the church while working in development for the Fellowship of
Athletes and then as
an elementary school teacher.
They both felt a
strong calling to return to the Salvation Army as officers in the Southern
Territory. Their appointment as Area Commanders in Memphis began in June of
Jonathan and Barbara have two children, a married son, Andrew, who lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Chelsea, and works with special needs children in a middle school setting. Their daughter Allison (20) lives with them while pursuing her college degree and her passion for horses.
Barbara and Jonathan
enjoy spending time together walking, biking, reading and traveling. Jonathan
is an avid professional
sports fan. Barbara loves time with friends and keeping up with the many
interests of the couple’s children.