Reaching young people through print has been a priority for The Salvation Army since 1881. Volume 1 (1895) of “Young Soldier” began The Salvation Army’s printing ministry to children in America. When “Young Soldier” ended in 1990, “Young Salvationist” took the reins in 1991 with a teenage and young adult audience in mind.
In January 2019, “Peer” was born—a Salvation Army youth publication for 16 to 22 year olds. By addressing topics related to faith, community and culture the mission of Peer is to ignite a faith conversation that will deepen biblical perspective, faith and holy living. “Peer” is your equal—a dependable companion as you journey through high school and college. It presents a new community—your Peer community.
Peer’s team are based out of The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Eight young writers across the country also contribute monthly to the mission of the magazine. Contact the team here.
The Peer Team
Born and raised in South Africa where she studied to be an elementary school teacher, Captain Pamela met her husband while working with The Salvation Army in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pamela and Keith (her handsome husband) graduated from The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training in June 2007. Over the past decade they have ministered in New York, New Jersey, and now Virginia. Three children later, she cherishes any activity that involves being outdoors with her family. Hot apple pie is by far her favorite American delicacy!Captain Pamela Maynor – Editor
Paul attended the University of Dallas where he earned a degree in history, with a focus in Roman military history. After graduation, he stayed in Dallas where he began his professional career working in media production-related positions of multiple companies including AT&T. He specializes in video production, motion graphic animation, and media production. While in Dallas, Paul met his wife at a church retreat. They have since moved to Virginia where his immediate family still resides.Paul Fiesel – Multimedia Designer
Born and raised in Michigan, Andrea attended Michigan State University where she earned a degree in journalism, with a focus in design and broadcast. After graduation, she moved to New York where she began her professional career at Macy’s. While in the Big Apple, Andrea met her future husband and ultimately moved to Virginia where she found a family at the next step in her professional development at The Salvation Army.Andrea Martin – Graphic Designer
Born and raised on the outskirts of Richmond, VA, Olivia attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) where she earned a degree in public relations with a focus in professional and technical writing. She has a mission to inspire others through her writing, whether it’s through external publications or even her own personal blog! She starts her professional career at The Salvation Army and is very excited to call Alexandria her home. When she’s not in the office, she can be found either scouting out local coffee shops and museums, petting any dog she sees or hanging out with her friends and family.Olivia Scherzer – Editorial Assistant
From the Mountains of Pennsylvania, John Beck loves spending time with his Wife and 3 children. After attending school in Steubenville, he works for a Based Automation Systems contractor with the government. His passions are hunting, trapping and everything outdoors and looks forward to sharing that passion with his children.John Beck – Video Game Reviewer
Chris Clark is a lifelong gamer with a passion for story and strategy. Chris brings his love of games into his job as a youth pastor, using games and faith to connect with young people. Chris lives in Portland, Maine with his beloved wife, cat, and Magic card collection.Chris Clark – Video Game Reviewer
Damien Horne is an international recording artist based in Music City (Nashville, TN). He has toured and shared the stage with artists such as John Legend, Keith Urban, 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Big and Rich and countless others! His personal “Rise and Shine” story is a journey of overcoming adversity and discovering his God-given purpose to encourage, inspire and motivate others though his gift of music, and storytelling. He believes when we live out our purpose, we “shine” and then in turn liberate others to do the same!Damien Horne – Music Reviewer
Captain David Kelly hails from Levittown, PA. He is blessed with a beautiful wife, two beautiful daughters and a beautiful golden doodle. He likes Disney World, basketball and water slides. He is prone to making social faux pas, like the time he called General Burrows—to her face—”Mrs. Burrows.”Captain David Kelly – Wise Up Writer
Devonte was born and raised in Miami, Florida—not close to beaches, but rather on inner-city streets where many youth are destined for trouble and generational poverty. Motivated to rise above his environment by his single-parent mother who raised him and his three siblings, Devonte graduated high school and pursued a college education in Tallahassee, Florida. His continued his education at Florida State University where he received his Bachelor’s in Criminology. Devonte currently serves as the Christian Education Director at The Salvation Army in Clearwater where he provides safe and fun programs for kids that will keep them off the streets, and ultimately keep their eyes on God.Devonte Lawson – Podcast Reviewer
A senior at Olivet Nazarene University, Abigail is studying corporate communications. Passionate about reaching people through her writing, Abigail created a blog and a YouTube channel. She loves to run, hike, dance with friends and play with her three perfect nieces.Abigail Merritt – Writer of Remix
Justin and Courtney live in Chicago with their two young children. Justin serves as a youth pastor at their church and loves making music, art, and watching the Chicago Cubs. His bachelor’s is in youth ministry and masters in Christian Ministry. Courtney teaches Old Testament at a nearby university and enjoys eating Chicago-style hotdogs and discussing feminist theology, preferably at the same time.Justin and Courtney Rose – Deeper Writers
Micah, Peer’s movie reviewer, lives in Denver. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a B.S. in Consumer and Community Studies. His interests are a myriad of subjects ranging from geeky pop culture to music.Micah Trimmer – Movie Reviewer