Local Salvation Army leaders get new assignment

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some Salvation Army leaders who moved to South Mississippi shortly after Hurricane Katrina are being reassigned. The group is relocating some of its key players in Harrison and Jackson Counties to make room for new leadership.

"I've grown up in the Salvation Army," said Lt. Robin Parker. "I'm a 5th generation Salvationist, and I've just been able to see my family and the love that they have for people."

Lieutenant Robin Parker spent her last Sunday ministering to the people of South Mississippi.

This week, she will move on to serve in Jackson. Her counterpart Captain Ronnett Smith is preparing for a transition of her own.

"I am moving to Huntsville, Alabama," said Captain Smith.

Captain Smith is one of many leaders being reassigned by the 100-year-old organization.

"I love the people here. They are so passionate about ministry with the homeless, and I got to see them in action with that," said Smith. "They are such a loving group of people, and the hardest thing is leaving. And if I could take them with me, it would be great."

The man who lead the team for the past two years is also leaving. In just six weeks, Major Will Cundiff will relocate to an international church in Atlanta.

"It was heartbreaking because we felt our job on the coast wasn't finished," said Cundiff.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Major Cundiff and his wife were assigned to Gulfport to help with recovery. Now, they are saddened that their time was cut short.

"We had really hoped to see the new Croc Center built, to see the shelter built and see things thrive throughout the coast, but God knows. And His plan is the best, and He's going to take us where He needs us," Cundiff said.

Major Alan Hill will take over the lead position with the Salvation Army. Major Hill has a military and construction background.

Major Cundiff said he is pleased with his replacement and is confident he will be a major influence in South Mississippi.

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