Majors Philip and Sheila Davisson have recently been appointed to the Salvation Army Booth University College of Canada. They were Corps Officers of the Port Huron, Michigan, Salvation Army. They have also served in this capacity in Chicago and in Aurora, Illinois. In between pastoral assignments, they were on staff at The Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, where Philip was first the Property Officer, and then the Director of Curriculum, and at the Training College in Santiago, Chile, where Philip was the Education Officer, and later the Territorial Secretary for Education for the South America West Territory of The Salvation Army, covering Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Sheila was the Education Officer in Chicago, Finance Office in Chile and Assistant to the Program Secretary for the South American West Territory.
Phil’s new role is Associate Dean for Extended Learning. This particular job will give him the opportunity to work with students around the world (including Salvation Army Officers and Soldiers, but not solely) in regards to getting certificates and degrees particular in Chaplaincy and Christian Ministry Programs. Extended learning is a huge piece for the future success of this college, therefore, Phil has a lot to learn and contribute. It is exciting to be a part of this endeavor.
Sheila’ new role is Spiritual Life Coordinator which is a very different opportunity in ministry for her. Sheila will be able to work with faculty, staff, and students helping them with their faith journey. She will be creating chapels, small group ministry and other opportunities for both students and staff to support and develop their spiritual foundation. Because The Salvation Army Training College is just a block away and the students attend Booth for some of their classes, she will be helping with their Spiritual Formation Classes.
The ethos of Booth University College is this: as an educational expression of the mission of The Salvation Army, Booth teaches students to understand the complexities of the world, to be mindful of the Christian faith, to achieve excellence through rigorous scholarship and to be become contributors to a better world.
Personal information includes that Sheila and Phil have just celebrate 26 years of marriage; health is good, and faith solid. And update on their three children is as follows: James, still lives and works in Chicago; Jaclyn, currently is in Training College to become a Salvation Army Officer in the US Central Territory; and finally, Julia, has joined her parents in Winnipeg and will be a 3rd year student at Booth University College studying Social Work.