Commissioner Kenneth Hodder serves as national commander for The Salvation Army in the United States. He was commissioned in 1988. He and his wife subsequently served corps appointments and as staff officers at USA Western Territorial Headquarters. During his role as chief secretary, Commissioner Hodder assumed operational responsibility for the creation of the Kenya East and Kenya West Territories. He later was appointed to International Headquarters where he served as international secretary for personnel, and as legal and constitutional adviser to the general. Commission Hodder created The Way Out, an initiative that strives to double The Salvation Army’s response to homelessness. He previously practiced corporate and real estate law in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
If there is a silver lining to the trauma inflicted by the pandemic, it is that our country rallied to meet the human needs on an unprecedented scale: donations to food banks; contributions to charities; federal assistance; and offers of time and service to help others all increased. As the leaders of national faith-based organizations, we know firsthand that moments of crisis also create unexpected opportunities for unity and hope, and this was certainly one of them.
How else can we explain that the United States has lifted more than 4 million children out of poverty over the past year? At a moment when our nation suffered the sharpest increase in overall poverty since the federal government began tracking that figure, we all chose to focus on the wellbeing of children. As a result, we could see the child poverty rate drop by 40 percent.
Walter Kim became the NAE president in January 2020. He also serves as teacher-in-residence at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, after ministering for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church. He has spent nearly three decades preaching, writing and engaging in collaborative leadership to connect the Bible to the significant intellectual, cultural and social issues of the day. He serves on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and on the Advisory Council of Gordon College. Kim received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his B.A. from Northwestern University, and he is a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.