Southern Spirit recognizes editor Dan Childs in honored retirement

The Southern Spirit editorial staff recognizes Dan Childs, editor, for three decades of tireless work and dedication. Dan entered honored retirement with his final day at Territorial Headquarters on Friday, Feb. 12.

Dan’s steady hand was critical in crafting what the Southern Spirit embodies for a generation. He joined the staff at Territorial Headquarters in 1990, serving initially as director of communications in the Community Relations and Development department. That role featured oversight of the Southern Spirit, and Dan was named editor of the Southern Spirit in 1993, serving in the role for 28 years.

Prior to joining The Salvation Army’s staff in Atlanta, Dan earned a bachelor’s degree from the Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia in 1981. Professionally, Dan was the sports editor of daily newspapers in Laurel, Mississippi, and Valdosta, Georgia, and served for several years as assistant sports editor of the Athens, Georgia, Daily News.

He spent three years as a senior communications specialist in the Public Affairs Office at the Georgia Department of Human Resources. From there, Dan later returned to newspaper work, serving as copy editor on the sports desk at the award-winning Gwinnett Daily News.

As the son of Brigadiers James and Faith Childs, Dan came of age in The Salvation Army as a young person. That provided valuable perspective and insight, and he valued the ability to share the Army’s work with others.

“Little did I realize when I set out on my career as a journalist that my path would lead me back to The Salvation Army,” Dan said. “But I feel humbled and privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in this way in the advancement of the Army’s mission. I won’t forget the wonderful experiences I’ve had in telling the Army’s story, and I treasure the friendships I’ve made in this great territory.”

In retirement, Dan will reside in the Atlanta area, and he plans to renew a long-neglected golf game, provide some TLC to a long-neglected backyard and work in a little bit travel from time to time.

The Salvation Army and the Southern Spirit thanks Dan for his tremendous work and service.