The Salvation Army Evansville Corps Community Center serves a population of over 240,000 in Vanderburg and Warrick counties in southwestern Indiana. Captains Scott and Shanais Strissel have joined the community as the new commanding officers, bringing with them years of experience working with people in need in Minnesota, Michigan and Kokomo, Indiana.
As an introduction to our friends and supporters in Evansville and across Indiana, we asked the captains to tell us a bit about themselves and their passion for service:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Capt. Scott: I would consider Grand Rapids, Michigan to be home (I graduated from high school there). We have spend many years in Minnesota (our last appointment was there). We have also lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and were appointed there as Officers for five years.
Capt. Shanais: I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and moved around a lot while I was young, but moved back to the U.P. when I was 12 and stayed until graduation. I lived in the town of Gladstone. My husband and I got married in Indianapolis and moved to Kokomo, where we were Corps helpers for six months before moving.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Capt. Scott: We have four children – Isaiah (16), Zechariah (14), and Isabella & Ethan (7). We also have a cat named Jill and a dog named CJ who thinks he’s a person.
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Capt. Scott: My wife and I are committed to helping those in need in Christ’s name. I received my calling as a kid when I attended summer camp with The Salvation Army. We have a passion to win souls for Christ and we long to do all that we can while stationed here in Evansville.
Capt. Shanais: I have always had a desire to live my life in a way that will be a benefit to others and when I met my husband he introduced me to The Salvation Army. After I got to know the organization and spent time volunteering and eventually working within The Salvation Army, the Lord opened up the opportunities for officership for my husband and myself and we entered training in 2003.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Capt. Scott: I am looking forward to working with our corps family, getting to know them, and to helping enhance the services we already offer to the community.
Capt. Shanais: I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the people in our community that we serve and that we work hand in hand with to make it a better place to live. I am also looking forward to moving our mission and ministry forward in our community, which will increase our ability to reach more people who may not know about us or about what we do.
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Capt. Scott: I am a writer and blogger – www.pastorsponderings.org, and I also contribute to many Salvation Army publications through this passion to write. I enjoy sports of all kinds, reading, music and spending time with my family. I’m also a musician and when I have some down time (which isn’t often) I like to create music.
Capt. Shanais: I like to paint and draw in my free time, I am an avid reader, both fiction and non-fiction. I love to hike with my family and I love to take family vacations to historical places in the U.S.
Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the summer! Next up: Meet Majors David and Zandra Luft, who have brought a lifetime of experience to their new position as commanding officers of The Salvation Army Kokomo Corps Community Center.