By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Salvation Army has announced that Maj. Andrew S. Miller Jr. and his wife, Maj. Cheryl A. Miller, have been appointed to serve the Quincy/Hannibal region beginning Feb. 6.
The Millers are coming to Quincy from the Kansas and Western Missouri Division, headquartered in Kansas City, where they have served since 2009. Andrew Miller is secretary for program, and Cheryl Miller is associate secretary of women's ministries. They will serve Quincy as senior Kroc officer and officer for congregational life, respectively.
The Millers will fill the positions being vacated by Majs. Dan and Dorene Jennings, who have received a change of appointment beginning Feb. 6. The Jenningses, who have worked in Quincy since February 2011, will now serve as divisional leaders for the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, based in Wauwatosa, Wis.
The Jenningses oversaw the opening of the $27.2 million Ray and John Kroc Corps Community Center, which had its grand opening Sept. 18, 2011.
The Jenningses came to Quincy following the departure of Majors Alan and Carol Wurtz, who served in Quincy for more than seven years and helped lay the groundwork for the Kroc Center and oversaw the early stages of construction.
Andrew Miller could not be reached immediately for comment, but previous news stories indicate he comes from a family with long connections to the Salvation Army.
For example, his father, the late Andrew Stewart Miller, who died last year, was himself the son of Salvation Army officers and went on to spend 47 years in the Salvation Army, becoming the agency's U.S. national commander from 1986 until he retired in 1989.
Upon his death in February 2011, Mr. Miller's obituary indicated three of his children followed him into Salvation Army service. In addition to Major Andrew S. Miller Jr., who was described as being second-in-command at the Kansas/Western Missouri division, a daughter, Susan Swanson, was a commissioners in London, England, and a son, Bill Miller, was an envoy in Minneapolis at the time of that report.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated since its original posting.