MEET THE TEAM

For general contact information, refer to our Contact page. If you need to reach out to someone directly, please find this information below.

Captain Jason Knaggs

Territorial Youth Secretary

Captain Jason Knaggs

Captain Jason Knaggs is married to Leslie and has three great kids – Jake, Lily, and Jaden. He has grown up in The Salvation Army and been in youth work for over 15 years.  Jay loves camp and the fun and smells that come from learning God’s word and making friendships.  Some of Jay’s longest and most meaningful relationships have come from camp – especially his wife Leslie. Jay’s mission is to declare the love of Jesus, encourage people every day, care for his family, and live life to the fullest. One of his favorite quotes is from Howard Thurman… “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Email Captain Jay: [email protected]

Captain Leslie Knaggs

Assistant Territorial Youth Secretary

Captain Leslie Knaggs

Hey Friends!  This is Captain Leslie Knaggs.  Leslie loves Jesus and has a heart for others to meet Him too!  Leslie is married to Jay and together they have three awesomely-crazy kiddos – Jake, Lily and Jaden.  Leslie is a Philadelphia Eagles’ super fan and a Philadelphia 76er’s enthusiast.  When not watching games she enjoys spending time with the family – playing Yahtzee, watching family movies or cheering for her kids on the sidelines of their games.  Her favorite snack is probably chips and guacamole though warm chocolate chip cookies are a close second.

Email Captain Leslie: [email protected]

Brittany Parks

Children's Ministries Outreach Coordinator

Brittany Parks

I love the Lord and I strive to walk in kindness; I enjoy encouraging and loving on people. Laughing, naps and chips and salsa are my favorite pastimes. If I’m not doing any of the previous, I’m probably hiking a trail somewhere or playing my guitar worshiping. If you want to experience firsthand what a nerd I am, ask me about woodworking or anything to do with (but not limited to) building or music. My friends call me MacGyver because I can fix anything. I’m passionate about Troops Ministry and I want to empower and support our territory with all that I can. I’m a believer in getting our youth outside to experience our creator in amazing new ways. Join me!

Email Brittany: [email protected]

Daniel Wajda

Marketing & Social Media Specialist

Daniel Wajda

Hey everyone! I’m Dan and I handle pretty much everything digital for the Youth Department – social media, video production, website maintenance, and much more! Outside of my job, I have a ton of interests that keep me busy. I grew up and went to school in the Northeast and love all things outdoors, especially hiking and snowboarding. I am currently in the midst of hiking all 46 Adirondack High Peaks. I love to watch and play sports and am a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. Beyond all that, music is also a huge part of my life and I grew up playing cornet in The Salvation Army. I love traveling to new places and meeting new people, and strongly enjoy eating Mac and cheese.

Email Daniel: [email protected]

Alayna Starkey

Administrative Assistant

Alayna Starkey

Hi everyone! My name is Alayna Starkey and I am the Administrative Assistant for the Youth Department. I have worked with youth of all ages in various parts of the Eastern Territory, but especially love camp ministry. After spending the last year and a half in Kentucky I’m happy to be back in the northeast! I am a fan of all Boston Sports teams (sorry New Yorkers), coffee, Disney everything, and would live my whole life on a beach if I could. I’m thrilled to be here and looking forward to being a part of the Youth Department!

Email Alayna: [email protected]

Fabi Soto

Young Adult and Missions Ministry Coordinator

Fabi Soto

Hey everybody, my name is Fabi Soto and I am the Young Adult and Missions Ministry Coordinator. I love to hear about what God is doing in people’s lives and share my own testimony. My favorite color is blue and you will usually see me wearing it. I love to buy earrings, read good books and enjoy a quiet walk around my neighborhood. I have four cats that have taken over my photo album with their cuteness and have made me a cat person. When I think about Young Adults and Missions Ministry, I cling to Jeremiah 1:7 “But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” Don’t be afraid to follow God’s leading in your life, it has led me to an adventure I would have never imagined for myself!

Email Fabi: [email protected]

Kristen Finnie

Office Assistant

Kristen Finnie

Hey y’all! My name’s Kristen Finnie and I am the Office Assistant for the Youth Department. I’ll be providing administrative assistance to the Assistant Territorial Youth Secretary. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my dog, my niece, my family and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Yankees! I grew up in Jersey and spent the last 7 years in Kentucky and decided to make my way back up north and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Youth Department team!

Email Kristen: [email protected]

Our Mission

East Youth has a unique mission: to strive to inspire a generation of youth within The Salvation Army’s eastern territory to live for what matters most. We also strive to be a resource for the Eastern territory at the local level, with resources for all youth programs at the corps and divisional levels.

 We are passionate about making a lasting impact on the spiritual journey of our youth. It is our hope that a new generation of leaders will be trained and inspired to serve the kingdom.