David, having been appointed October 14, 2013, serves as the National Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States. He was called to the mission of The Salvation Army under the ministry of the late Major Omer McKinney, in 1967 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He entered The Salvation Army’s Training College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
David is the eldest of five sons of a retired West Virginia coal miner. He was saved in Sunday school at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, which sits at the foot of the hollow where his father’s hillside farm is located on the Mt. Morris-Cassville Road.
David has served in Salvation Army mission for 43 years. He has lead three local corps: Grafton, WVA Baltimore Hampden, MD and Hagerstown, MD, all in the Maryland and West Virginia Division. He was the divisional youth secretary in the National Capital and Virginia and North and South Carolinas divisions. He served twice at the Southern territorial headquarters as Program Secretary, then as Chief Secretary and later as Territorial Commander.
For five years, he taught at the College for Officer Training in Atlanta, GA. He worked in a number of roles at divisional headquarters in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He was the divisional leader for the Kentucky-Tennessee and Texas divisions.
David and Barbara, who he married in 1969, have two sons, David William, who lives in Atlanta, GA and Mark Stephen who is married to Sue-ann and lives in Snellville, GA. The Jeffreys are proud grandparents of Blake, Mitchell and Parker.