Salvation Army officers looking forward to coming to Quincy

Salvation Army Maj. Andrew Miller Jr. and his wife, Maj. Cheryl Miller, talk with reporters during a news conference Friday at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Quincy. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: Jan. 4, 2013 7:47 pm Updated: Jan. 19, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Maj. Andrew Miller says the steady diet of address changes that accompanies life in the Salvation Army is not that big of a deal.

"You know going in that you will be moving," Miller said. "If that's what God has next for us, that's where we go."

Miller and his wife, Maj. Cheryl Miller, are about to begin their 12th different assignment for the Salvation Army, covering 35 years of service. The Millers are the Salvation Army's new officers who will oversee operations at the Kroc Center, beginning in February. The were introduced Friday afternoon to the local Salvation Army's board of directors.

The Millers replace Majs. Dan and Dorene Jennings, who have been named divisional commanders for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. They served for two years in Quincy, which included seeing the Kroc Center through the final phase of its $27.2 million construction.

"We've always been a team, which is a great thing about the Salvation Army -- a husband and wife are always team," Andrew Miller said. "We have been depending on each other for 35 years. Our goal is always to involve people, instruct people and inspire them. That happens by allowing God to use us."

The Millers are finishing up a 3 1/2-year stay in Kansas City. Andrew Miller has overseen most of the Salvation Army programs in Kansas City and western Missouri, including emergency disaster assistance, music and gospel arts. Cheryl Miller has served as the chaplain of social service programs in and around Kansas City.

"My passion has always been connecting those in our emergency shelters to (Salvation Army) services," Cheryl Miller said.

Other sites of services for the Millers have included Rushville, Bloomington and Indianapolis in Indiana, Grand Rapids and Detroit in Michigan, Omaha in Nebraska, St. Louis, and several sites in and around Chicago.

"We know people in Quincy support the Salvation Army and we're excited to be coming here," said Andrew Miller, a native of Akron, Ohio, who describes himself as A "huge Ohio State football fan."

Miller shared several moving stories in connection with his years in the Salvation Army, accounts that covered a wide range of topics from children in need to long-lasting friendships.

"Everyone has a Salvation Army story," he said.