The Salvation Army of North Texas Welcomes New Area Commanders

Jun 28, 2022 | by The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is honored to welcome Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland back to North Texas as the newly appointed area commanders of the region’s largest social services provider. As former leaders at the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Dallas, Majors McFarland bring over three decades worth of social service expertise to the region. In their new role as area commanders of The Salvation Army of North Texas, Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland will oversee operations that support those combatting poverty, addiction, and homelessness in Dallas, Tarrant and Ellis, and Denton and Collin counties.

“We’re excited to welcome Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland back to the North Texas region as their dedicated service will help The Salvation Army better serve our neighbors combatting poverty, addiction, and homelessness,” said Jay Dunn, managing director of The Salvation Army of North Texas. “As thousands of North Texans continue to face the impacts of rising costs with inflation and the depletion of federal aid programs, the need for support is great. Our success as a region is due to strong leadership and collaboration and we know Majors McFarland will lead us there.”

Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland have served in the Salvation Army ministry in a variety of arenas. First commissioned to separate appointments as officers in June 1989 in the Ambassadors for Christ session, Paul and Dawn married in December 1989 and have served together since. Throughout their service, both have both intentionally pursued a variety of learning opportunities to better serve those entrusted to their care. Their experience includes three corps appointments, divisional youth leadership, area commanders, and in five Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

“Service to Christ is the preeminent goal in our role as officers. The privilege of watching Christ’s healing transformation in the lives of individuals has been one of our greatest blessings serving Christ,” said Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland. “We’re assuming our roles in North Texas at a time when thousands are struggling to keep food on the table, keep up with rent and mortgage payments, and afford their usual household expenses. We will be supporting The Salvation Army’s transformational services for individuals and families to achieve long-term stability and self-sufficiency.”

As the largest social services provider in North Texas, The Salvation Army reaches every pocket of the region, covering 4,078 square miles at 17 locations across five counties. Since March 2020, The Salvation Army of North Texas has served more than 11.6 million meals, provided more than 520,000 nights of shelter, paid more than $9,000,000 in financial assistance to help 30,000 individuals, and comforted 84,000 people through spiritual care.

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