Keith & Sherrie Welch, Corps Officers

Major Keith J. Welch is the son of Salvation Army officers who served several appointments in Michigan and Indiana.  Major Sherrie Welch was raised in Indianapolis and began attending The Salvation Army Shack at age four with her family on the west side of Indianapolis.

Prior to joining The Salvation Army Keith served in the USAF from 1971 to 1975 as an Intelligence Operations Specialist in Omaha, Okinawa and the St. Louis area.  He also worked at United Parcel Service for six years while attending college where he and Sherrie met.  Keith and Sherrie were married in August of 1981.

The Welches entered The Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1986 and were ordained as ministers in 1988.  They have been Salvation Army officers for 26 years.  Their appointments include: Wichita, Arkansas City and Hutchinson, Kansas and Holland, MI where they served for 10 years.

Most recently Keith and Sherrie served for five years as the Indiana Divisional Secretary and Divisional Women’s Ministry Secretary respectively.   Keith, a proficient writer, has written over 200 articles for Salvation Army publications and, while in Holland, he also freelanced as a weekly columnist for the Holland Sentinel for two years.

Sherrie has an Associates Degree in Practical Ministries and Keith has a  Bachelors Degree in Practical Ministries and a Masters in Creative Writing.

Their son, Keith, daughter-in law, Jill, and two sets of twin granddaughters live in Zeeland, Michigan. Their daughter, Kayla, lives in Grand Rapids now finishing her last year at Cornerstone University.

The Welch’s look forward to the opportunities ahead of them here in Kalamazoo.  Keith and Sherrie believe that we are all co-laborers in the ministry and they believe in empowering others to take on responsibilities, whether it be staff or volunteer.


Joel Clark, Business Administrator

Joel Clark is a member of The Salvation Army Corps, having become a senior soldier in 1971. He has worked for The Salvation Army since 1978 in seven of the eleven central states. He studied Accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has a degree in Practical Ministries from Olivet Nazarene University. He is the recipient of The Salvation Army’s Scouter’s Award. He and his wife of over thirty years, have three adult children and two granddaughters. They have made their residence here since 1991. Mr. Clark’s parents are retired Salvation Army officers.

Maria Almaguer, Social Service Director

Maria obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1990, and her License in Social Work in 1995.  She previously worked for The Hispanic American Council and Community Aids & Education as a Care Coordinator.  She joined The Salvation Army Staff in October of 2000, and was promoted to Social Service Director in 2001.  Maria has four adult children and eight grand-children.

Timothy Summers, Director of Development

Tim obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Michigan State University in 1980.  Tim has worked in various operational, sales, and management positions in the graphic arts industry before working with nonprofit ministries, securing grant funds to provide housing for the homeless.  Tim has been married to his wife, Valerie since 1981 and has two children.  A son, Trey, and a daughter, Taylor, and two grandchildren.