Harlem Temple is a multicultural church, which is also reflected in the team. These profiles are just a part of our hard working team, that all work together to create one vibrant corps family.

The administrative structure of The Salvation Army can best be described as hierarchical based, like a military model. All official positions with the exception of the General are appointed, however many non-Salvationists are also employed in various capacities. The ranks are lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, colonel and commissioner.

Mission statement

Our Staff

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Lt. Chakanaka Watch
Lt. Emeline Watch

Chakanaka is originally from Chinhoyi, ZImbabwe, where he grew up in The Salvation Army. When he found his wife Emeline, they moved to USA together and studied to be pastors, serving as full time officers for The Salvation Army.

He loves to worship and dance at any moment he has the chance. He sings in a Christian band, that publishes music.

Emeline is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, and daughter of the territorial leaders of The Salvation Army in Zimbabwe. She went to training college in New York. She has a Masters degree in Psychology, and is now currently working on her PhD. She is responsible for the women's ministries and has a big heart for people.

Josefina Sanchez
Business Manager

Josefina is from Puerto Rico, but moved to the States years ago. She is always joyful, and holds the place together.

Envoy Kenneth Burton
Pastor/Musical Director

Kenneth is born and raised in New York. He founded the Phil Ramone Orchestra, teaches, conducts and plays. He is also the founder of the gospel group New Sounds for Christ. He has been a faithful member of Harlem Temple his whole life.

Jasmin Gauguin
Creative Arts Director

Jasmin is Danish/Portuguese, but moved to NYC 4 years ago for her education in Musical Theatre. She oversees and develops the arts at the corps, and teaches 'Gospel in Color' an performing arts program to the children of the community, as well as bible study. Jasmin is a playwright and songwriter/composer.

Nicole Wright
Administrative Assistant

Nicole is from Brooklyn, New York, and has a degree in Corporate and Cable communications. Nicole has been with us for .. years. She is happily married with 4 children, and is a faithful soldier in our church.

Capt. Joaquin Ponceano
Assistant pastor
Capt. Ydania Ponceana
Assistant Pastor

New ass. pastor..

Our Board

Harlem Temple's Board is made of our Pastors, people from our Divisional Headquarters,

and voluntary people from the Harlem with work and base in Harlem community.

They are working to enhance the connections on a divisional aspect,

as well as staying true to our corps' African-American roots in Harlem.

They inspect the maintenance of the building throughout the year,

and plan events that invest in the community of Harlem.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." - Matthew 22:37-38

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