William Himes, OF

William Himes was born and raised in Michigan.  He is the son of Salvation Army officer parents and the oldest of six children.  

Bill attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and Performance/Composition, respectively.  Since that time he has appeared as conductor, clinician, and soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, France, Germany, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

From 1977 to 2015 he was head of The Salvation Army’s Music and Gospel Arts Department for USA Central Territory in Chicago, Illinois.  In this capacity also served as conductor of the Chicago Staff Band, which has shared its music ministry throughout North America and the world. 

Well known for his compositions and arrangements, his works appear in more than 400 publications. Mr. Himes is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and his music is frequently featured on international broadcasts and recordings.  He presently teaches composition at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.  

Linda Himes

Linda Himes has served in various ministries in the Salvation Army for most of her adult life.  She has always possessed a strong passion for the Word of God and looks for every opportunity to share its truths.  

For two years Linda worked with Precept Ministries in Chattanooga, TN, which provided the foundation for her skills as a teacher and trainer, using an inductive method for studying the Bible.  From this experience, she realized that although most Christians know they should study the Bible, often they do not know how to do it and effectively nourish their spiritual growth.  

In 1997 her calling was fulfilled when she was appointed the Territorial Bible Ministries Consultant for the USA Central Territory in which she served for 16 years.  Although retired since 2013, she continues to be in demand throughout North America and beyond, teaching Bible studies and sharing her love of God and His Word. 

Linda and Bill are members of the Oakbrook Terrace Salvation Army Worship and Community Center in metropolitan Chicago where Linda serves as Bible study leader, Teen Group and Girl Guard leader.  Bill serves as Bible study teacher, Sunday worship planner, beginning brass teacher, bandsman, songster and meeting pianist. 

Worship Arts Celebration Guests

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Divisional Creative Arts Ensemble
  • ARCC Choir
  • Arkansas & Oklahoma Divisional Band
  • Atlanta International Chamber Ensemble
  • Atlanta Temple Songsters
  • Florida Praise
  • North & South Carolina’s Lights Up!
  • Paradise Praise
  • Peachcrest Boys & Girls Club
  • Potomac Brass
  • Southern Territorial Band
  • Southern Territorial Songsters
  • Territorial Arts Ministries
  • Texas Youth Chorus
  • transMission