The Salvation Army Welcomes New Leadership in Olympia, WA

Aug 1, 2017 | by NW Division

The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Envoys Richard and Phyllis Pease to its location at Olympia, WA. Lieutenant Robbin Swales will be the Associate Corps Officer, working alongside Envoys Pease. The Envoys replace Major Bill and Joy Lum, who were appointed to The Salvation Army in Kalispell, Montana.


For the past two years, Envoys Pease have served at The Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1996, they graduated from The Salvation Army Officer Training College.


They began work in Olympia on June 28. “We have found Olympia, and Thurston County, to be a beautiful new home for our family. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has been helping its Thurston County neighbors transform their lives and we look forward to being a part of that tradition,” said Envoy Richard. “As we work with other, like minded folks in Olympia I know that together, we can do the most good!”


For the past year, Lt. Swales served at The Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and before that was an officer in Cordova, Alaska. In June 2013, she graduated from The Salvation Army Officer Training College with The Proclaimers of Resurrection.


“I am looking forward to being a part of this amazing Corps and everything that goes on here. Everyone has been a blessing and I am going to enjoy making Olympia my home,” Lt. Swales said. “It is always great to come into a new appointment and get to experience the Father work in the lives of others in growing His kingdom!”


As Salvation Army officers, they 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 Olympia is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage social services programs and outreach to the community.


Established in 1889, The Salvation Army in Olympia provides social services to families in need. Among the programs offered are worship services, emergency utility assistance, eviction prevention, food and nutrition programs, and disaster services. Last year, The Salvation Army in Olympia served more than 3,400 individuals in the community.


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