The Fountain Square neighborhood on Indianapolis’ east side has been home to a Salvation Army corps since 1920. This summer, we’re welcoming two young officers to the corps as its new leaders. Lieutenants Brandon and Megan Lewis are ready to work with the families who call this diverse neighborhood home and ensure that The Salvation Army is a part of the wonderful things that are happening throughout the Fountain Square district.
The Lieutenants hit the ground running after their wedding and brief honeymoon just a few weeks ago, but not before sharing with us a little about themselves and their Salvation Army story:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Lt. Brandon: I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve moved around most of my life, but I’ve worked in the Indiana Division before in Bloomington and Warsaw as a Ministry Discovery Intern.
Lt. Megan: I am not from any one place. My parents are Salvation Army Officers as well, so I moved all over the country as a child. Most recently though, I spent my first year of officership as the Assistant Corps Officer in Springfield, Illinois while my husband was finishing his last year at the Officer Training College.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Lt. Brandon: My wife’s name is Megan, and we were just married on June 27th! We have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Isabell who loves nothing more than a good belly rub and a comfortable couch to lay down on.
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Lt. Brandon I was called to be an officer when I was 14 years old. I ran from my calling until I was a week away from graduating high school. I wanted to pursue another opportunity I thought I had in my grasp, but doors began shutting and God’s calling became stronger and stronger. I finally submitted to what He wanted for me and haven’t looked back since.
Lt. Megan: At the age of 21 I met the Lord. Yes, I was an officer’s kid, but I never had a faith that was my own. The moment I met Jesus I felt such an incredible amount of joy bubbling over inside me that I needed to share it, give it away, give this joy to others suffering in hopelessness; that He was calling me to tell others about Him. I didn’t know where or how, but I knew that answer would come. The next month I was at commissioning and I felt Holy Spirit telling me to go forward for the Call to Officership on Sunday morning. God’s voice was unfamiliar to me so I didn’t know what to make of the mess of emotions I felt inside. I decided to go up and trust God to close that door if I had heard wrong. When I walked on stage I felt an enormous sense of peace push away every other emotion battling for attention – and I knew this was what God had planned for me. That was the day I decided to become a Salvation Army Officer.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Lt. Brandon: I am so very excited for the beautifully-rewarding hard work my wife and I have before us. We love in-the-trenches, hands-on ministry where we can naturally build relationships and bring others into the Christ-centered life that we are called to, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this ministry in Fountain Square!
Lt. Megan: I am looking forward to the relationships I get to develop with the people I meet every day and showing them the love and joy of knowing Christ.
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Lt. Brandon: My main hobbies revolve around two areas: art and writing. I love to sift through art galleries, connect with independent, local artists and especially love “body art” in the form of tattoos. As for writing, I don’t have much time anymore to consistently sit down and hammer out a short story or a few lines of poetry, but I love to jot down new ideas throughout my day and come back to them on vacations or free days to expand and develop.
Lt. Megan: I am a musician and enjoy singing and playing several different brass instruments. I grew up as a Salvation Army bandsman and enjoy brass band music very much! I also love watching football (Go Pack Go!) and I am an avid movie watcher and collector.
Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the month of July! Next up: Meet Captain Luis Acosta and his wife, Lieutenant Linda Acosta and find out how an artist and a therapist became Salvation Army officers at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Corps Community Center.