TAMPA, FL (July 2, 2021) – The Salvation Army announces the appointment of Major David Swyers and Captain Beth Swyers to lead the work of The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County. For the past four years, they led the work of The Salvation Army in Kerrville, Texas.

The new officers intend to position The Salvation Army of Tampa as the premier social service and holistic care provider that will address the root cause of homelessness. In addition to leading the emergency shelter, they will be implementing community-based youth programs that will help to develop character, confidence, and spirituality.

“When people think about what’s good in Tampa, I want them to think of The Salvation Army”, said Major David Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “Here in Tampa, we will focus on stewardship, others, transforming lives, and restoring hope.”

The Swyers have six children; four adult children and two that will be joining them here in Tampa. As an alumnus of The University of South Florida, Major David Swyers considers the move to Tampa a homecoming. Captain Beth Swyers is a graduate of Antietam Bible College in Maryland. Captain Beth will be leading the youth programs at the 1100 W Sligh Ave location.

“My goal is to foster the next generation through music and arts, character building, and Sunday school programs,” said Captain Beth Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “When the children in our community set foot into our building, I want them to feel safe and experience the love of Jesus.”

In addition to leading the work to end homelessness, the Swyers will be overseeing the completion of the Red Sheild Center, located at 1603 N Florida Ave. The new facility will be a 39,000-square foot one-stop social services and residential facility located in a campus-like setting, with state-of-the-art amenities, expansive capabilities, and flexible spaces to suit many needs.