Meet our Area Commanders: Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert

In 1998, Stan and his wife, Deborah, received a dramatic and specific call into fulltime ministry. Since their ordination into the ministry and commissioning as Officers in the Salvation Army, they have served in six appointments in North & South Carolina and Florida. They come to Winston-Salem from Daytona Beach, Florida.

Stan comes from a Salvation Army background. His parents were Officer/Pastors for The Salvation Army for more than 40 years. He vowed “never to be a Salvation Army Officer”, but God had other plans.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Birmingham- Southern College, Stan attended seminary at Emory University in Atlanta. His post-graduate degree in music is from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. During his tenure of 14 years on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Stan also worked as director of music for several ‘main stream’ denominational churches and regional or national professional music companies. He was the contract keyboardist for all touring Broadway shows in Charlotte and Greenville and has had the opportunity to work with notables such as Dave Brubeck, Mickey Rooney, Robert Goulet and Aretha Franklin.

After graduating from King’s College, Deborah worked for Procter & Gamble. She later became the Managing & Marketing Director for Ty Boyd Enterprises of Charlotte where she excelled in administration and management. Deborah is an avid reader and an amateur ornithologist. She brings with her Bella, a Senegal parrot and looks forward to raising parrotlets while in Winston-Salem. Her favorite artistic pastime is cross stitching.

The Colberts have been married for 30 years. Their son, Nathan, graduated in May from The New School in NYC with a degree in Jazz Performance. He is quite a talented young man! Their daughter, Calista, is a rising senior at Erskine College in Due West, SC where she is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. “Cali” has a beautiful voice and loves to share her gift wherever God can use her. The only ‘child’ still at home is Abbe – the dog.

Majors Stan and Deborah are excited to be a part of the Winston-Salem community. You will find their doors open and your fellowship welcome. They appreciate your support of The Salvation Army and look forward to partnering with you in ministry.