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Husband-and-wife team to lead Salvation Army in Charleston

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Putnam Herald

CHARLESTON -- Major Darrell Kingsbury and his wife, Major Debbie Kingsbury, have joined the Charleston Area Command of The Salvation Army as the new area commander and associate area commander, respectively.

The couple were welcomed with a service and lunch reception on Sunday at The Salvation Army's Citadel Corps, 301 Mary St., Charleston. The husband-and-wife team recently completed a two-year term as Corps Officers at the Ashland, Ky., Command.

"Debbie and I are excited to be here in the state's capital and grateful that we can be a part of the phenomenal work being done here to help those individuals and families who are most in need," Maj. Darrell Kingsbury said in a news release. "Together, we are both looking forward to becoming active throughout the many facets of the Charleston community."

In his new role, Maj. Darrell Kingsbury will oversee two Corps Community Centers located in Charleston and St. Albans, two Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Happy Valley and two Family stores. A native of Tennessee, he grew up attending The Salvation Army Knoxville, Tenn., Corps Community Center and attended the University of Tennessee working toward his degree in music.

In her new role as associate area commander, Maj. Debbie Kingsbury will work closely with volunteer groups and individuals. She will also provide guidance and support to programs such as Angel Tree and Youth Camping.

Married for 41 years, the Kingsburys have two children and three grandchildren.

"We are excited about the Charleston ministry. Here, community support and resources are given generously to meet human needs in a caring way," Maj. Darrell Kingsbury said.

The Salvation Army has also announced that Lieutenants Justin and Chansey Johnson were named the Corps Officers in charge of The Salvation Army St. Albans Corps Community Center at 812 S. Carroll St. in St. Albans.