This summer, The Salvation Army Indiana Division is welcoming fourteen new officers who will be running Corps Community Centers across the state. These Salvation Army officers will undertake the challenge of bringing together spiritual, emergency and social services in their new communities while following the mission set forth by Reverend William Booth 150 years ago.
We’d like to introduce two officers joining the division this summer, Lieutenants Steven and Jessica Dahl, who are assuming command of the Lafayette Corps Community Center in Tippecanoe County. We asked both officers to tell us a little about themselves:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Lt. Steven: I am from the great state of Nebraska (Go Big Red!). I was born and raised in Axtell, Nebraska and lived there for over 35 years working at my photography business, my father’s farm, and as an Associate Pastor at a local church plant. I have never lived in Indiana before.
Lt. Jessica: I’m originally from Alma, Nebraska – a little town on the border of Kansas with fewer than 1,500 people. Until attending CFOT (College for Officer Training) in Chicago, I’d never lived in any other state, so Indiana is new to me!
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Lt. Steven: My lovely wife is Lt. Jessica Dahl. She was my high school sweetheart, and we have been married for 20 years as of May! We have 5 children, Alexander (17), Eavan (15), Gabriella (12), Lilyan (8), and Nickolas (5). We have one pet rabbit named Bix!
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Lt. Steven: I was called to Salvation Army Officership by Jesus via the power of Facebook! I have a wonderful friend, Will Chadwick, who was always on Facebook talking about his amazing Church and what they were up to. I was curious, and one day I asked him what church he attended. He replied “The Salvation Army.” I immediately wondered why his church met at The Salvation Army, not even realizing that the Army WAS a church. Will gave me multiple resources, and after almost a year of study I was reading William Booth’s famous “Not Called” passage and the Holy Spirit of God called me that very moment telling me that He wanted me to be a Salvation Army Officer. The rest is history! For more on my testimony go to https://youtu.be/MKNedbFSDDw
Lt. Jessica: As a little girl, I prayed that God would send me on a big adventure. I never imagined that He would finally answer that – after a decade and a half of marriage, 5 kids, and having settled into a rather comfortable life. Steve and I had helped in various church plants over the years, and had a passion for mentoring and discipleship, but I didn’t even know The Salvation Army was a church until about 5 years ago! However, when God opened the doors for my husband and I to minister together through The Salvation Army, we had a choice to make; remain in our comfortable lives, careers, and community… or walk into the unknown and be obedient to the Lord’s calling. After lots of talking and prayer, we pursued officership, and we haven’t regretted it for a moment. We are so blessed for the exciting things we have already experienced since becoming officers in The Salvation Army.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Lt. Steven: I am looking forward to seeing Jesus Christ reach a community with His love, redemption, and restoration. Jesus wants to see every man, woman, and child in our community reached with the Gospel of Christ, and I am privileged to be a part of His work in Lafayette, Indiana!
Lt. Jessica: I love meeting new people and getting to know their stories – I think oftentimes people just need to be heard, and feel valued. I also get so excited helping others discover their unique gifts and talents for God’s kingdom purposes!
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Lt. Steven: I love to geocache (hunt Tupperware with multi-million dollar satellites), I am a photographer, and I love a good cup of coffee combined with a great dose of conversation.
(Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the month of July! Next up: newlyweds Lieutenants Vinal and Brenna Lee at the Madison Corps Community Center in Jefferson County, Indiana.)