The History of the Salvation Army
Apr 04, 2019
Ken Chapman
The History of the Salvation Army

A fourth generation Salvationist, Ken was born and raised in Savannah, GA. He received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Armstrong/Atlantic University. Ken taught High School Band for ten years where he won over 300 hundred competition awards and was named Teacher of the Year twice during his tenure. He received his Masters of Music Education and a Masters in Conducting from Georgia State University. He is an accomplished musician and you may see him playing the cornet around the Red Kettles in the holiday months. Captain Chapman served as a member of The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Songsters in which he participated in a Scandinavian Tour.  Before Officership, he taught High School Band and Theater, and then, for twenty years, Ken was CEO and Creative Director for Creative Events International. He was the Music Producer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and theExecutive Producer for the Atlanta and Barcelona Paralympics Ceremonies. Captain Chapman won twentytwo industry awards as a Producer and produced the Easter Egg Roll for the Bush Administration at the White House in 2006. Captain Chapman was the Producer for Santa’s Traveling Workshop, a touring show that brought toys and hope to over 300,000 people affected by hurricane Katrina.

In 2005, the Captain served as the Executive Producer and Operations Director for American Frontiers, a trek across public lands in partnership with the Federal Government and National Geographic Society. Over 70 people trekked across public lands over 60 days and educated about the value of public lands in America. The National Geographic Society produced a documentary of this historic event where every step of the trek was on public lands, utilizing many forms of transportation. Captain Chapman held news conferences with the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. He interacted with law enforcement and the National Park Service for logistics and safety of the teams.

He was responsible for every aspect of the trek. The Federal Land Management Agencies considered it one of their most historic events in this century.  Captain Chapman has produced the creative and operational logistics for hundreds of corporate shows and opening and closing ceremonies.  Captain Chapman realized God’s call on his life and offered his life for Salvation Army Officership. Captain Chapman is married to Jessie Starks Chapman (who is also a Salvation Army Officer), has three children - Danielle, Alexis, and Micah – and lives in Orlando, FL. Captain Chapman was recently transferred from Tulsa, OK, previously serving in Jackson, Mississippi. Under his leadership, the Jackson Command tripled its budget, increased from 42 to 114 employees, built a $8 million dollar facility, and worked diligently to break the cycles of entitlement and building people to empowerment and productivity. He is currently implementing a revolutionary Social Service program called Pathway of Hope. He has been honored by the Jackson City Council and received the Community Hero award for his work with Yazoo City tornado disaster relief, the “Making Things Brighter Award” from Entergy, and recognized for excellence in service by the Air National Guard. 

Captain Chapman is the proud Grandfather of Maddox Vincent Brumfield and Elijah Royce Brumfield. His middle daughter, Alexis, studied at Asbury University and his son studied as a Music Education Major at the University of Southern Mississippi. Marlee Marie, the first Granddaughter was recently born. Captains Ken and Jessie Chapman count it an honor to serve in the Orlando area where amazing things are beginning to happen.


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