The Springfield/Clark County Salvation Army has appointed a new captain.
Capt. Justin Caldwell and his wife, Lt. Evelyn Caldwell, have replaced Captains Steve and Delia Carroll at the local Salvation Army.
The Carrolls left last week to take on a new job with the Salvation Army in Pennsylvania.
“We’re excited to get to know the community,” said Evelyn Caldwell.
Justin Caldwell attended a training college in New York, then started his career as an officer 5 years ago before becoming captain three weeks ago. He started in Sevierville, Tenn., for four years before coming to Dayton for one year. The Caldwells came to Springfield last week.
Evelyn Caldwell worked at the Salvation Army divisional headquarters youth department in Cincinnati and enjoys children’s programs. She is entering her third year as an officer.
“We like to get our hands dirty and work hard,” said Evelyn Caldwell.
The Caldwells are going through a farewell briefing from the Carrolls to learn what has been done with the Salvation Army and how to continue with projects.
Right now, it’s a learning process, said the Caldwells.
“They’re already doing so many great things here,” said Justin Caldwell.
The Caldwells have been a part of the Salvation Army all of their lives, as their parents were officers, too.
“I love the army and helping people that are in need,” said Justin Caldwell.
“They both believe the mission and purpose of the salvation army,” said Devesh Kamal, chair of the local Salvation Army. “They’re just phenomenal people.”
The mission of the Salvation Army is to meet human needs in the name of Christ.
“(The Salvation Army) provides an outreach and opportunity…,” said Juliana Overdorf, a Springfield resident who uses Salvation Army programs.
The Caldwells said they looked forward to getting to know Springfield and Clark County, growing and serving the community to the best of their abilities.