Major Larry and Debra Broome
In 2015, The Salvation Army appointed Majors Larry and Debra Broome as the new Area Commanders for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. They are responsible for the oversight of all Salvation Army programs, services and operations across the greater Charlotte area.
Major Broome is a native of Rock Hill, S.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. with additional post graduate study in business administration from Capella University. Major Debra Broome was born in Athens, Ga., and attended Columbus College in Columbus, Ga. Both graduated from The Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in Atlanta and were ordained and commissioned as Salvation Army officers.
Majors Larry and Debra Broome have a diverse background in Salvation Army ministry and leadership. They have served as corps officers/pastors at Salvation Army appointments in Statesville, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Sumter, S.C. Those appointments included supervision of social service programs, shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs and Family stores. The Broomes also served on the faculty of The Salvation Army School for Officer Training; as Area Commander and Director of Women’s Services in Orlando, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.; as Divisional Secretary for the North and South Carolina Division; General Secretary for the Florida Division; and most recently at The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta where Major Larry Broome was the Legal Secretary and Major Debra Broome was the Assistant Secretary for Women’s Ministries.
Their ministry in Charlotte includes oversight and administration of the social service assistance offices; the Center of Hope – a shelter for women and children; eight Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs; Booth Gardens apartments for low-income seniors; and two corps/church community centers that serve the Charlotte area.
The Broomes have been officers for more than 35 years.