The Salvation Army Appoints New Leaders in Bellingham

Jun 27, 2019 | by Northwest Division

The Salvation Army Announces New Leadership in Bellingham

Captains Ruairi & Sarah Ward to lead social services, church, and more


(Bellingham, WA) – The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Captains Ruairi and Sarah Ward to its location in Bellingham. They replace Captains Jonathan and Niki Woollin, who have been appointed to The Salvation Army in Roswell, NM.

For the past year, Captains Ward have served at The Salvation Army in Marysville. In June 2014, they graduated from The Salvation Army Officer Training College in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA, both receiving an Associate in Ministry degree. Captains Ward have four children: Séamus, Cillian and twins Ronán and Pearse.

As Salvation Army officers, the Captains 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 Salvation Army locations. The assignment in Bellingham is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage a large social services program and growing congregation.

They began work in Bellingham on June 26. “We are so looking forward to joining the vibrant community of Bellingham as we serve those in need,” Captain Sarah Ward said.

Established in 1908, The Salvation Army in Bellingham provides social services to families in need. Among the programs offered are emergency utility assistance, eviction prevention, food and nutrition programs, veterans services, and emergency disaster services. Last year, The Salvation Army in Bellingham served more than 8,700 individuals in the community.

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