The Salvation Army Welcomes New Leadership in Kalispell, MT

Jul 20, 2017 | by NW Division

The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Majors Bill and Joy Lum to its location at Kalispell, MT. They replace Majors Steven and Merry Svenson, who have retired.

Majors Bill and Joy Lum received their commission as Salvation Army officers in 1978. They have served in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Arizona and Washington state (for almost eight years) prior to their arrival in Kalispell, MT. They have two grown children who live in Arizona and Maryland, “but no grandchildren…yet,” reported Major Bill.

As Salvation Army officers, the Majors expect to be reassigned throughout their careers. The commitment of being an officer includes moving your family frequently, and accepting reassignments based on career development and filling the needs of The Salvation Army locations. The assignment in Kalispell is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage social services programs and outreach to the community.

They began work in Kalispell on June 28. “We are excited to serve the Lord and The Salvation Army in the great state of Montana,” Major Bill Lum said. “We are looking forward to the many opportunities that are ahead. Our goal is to serve each person with love and compassion and allow them to experience the Lord as we minister to their needs.”

Established in 1895, The Salvation Army in Kalispell provides social services to families in need. Among the programs offered are emergency utility assistance, eviction prevention, food and nutrition programs, after-school youth activities and emergency disaster services. Last year, The Salvation Army in Kalispell served more than 6,000 individuals in the community.

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