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The Salvation Army USA Central Territory has announced a leadership change for The Salvation Army Midland Division effective June 29, 2016.

Lt. Colonels Lonneal and Patty Richardson have been appointed as divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries for the Northern Division, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A farewell reception was held for the Richardsons Sunday afternoon.

The Richardsons served in the Midland Division for the past 12 years, which covers Southern Illinois and the state of Missouri, excluding the Kansas City-St. Joseph region. The Richardsons worked closely with donors and other non-government organizations to ensure that offered programs and services incorporate both the needs of the community and support the mission of The Salvation Army.

Among the Richardsons’ many accomplishments in the Midland Division:

  • The five-phase $60 million Midtown St. Louis development, including the Veterans Residence, 3010 Apartments, the Midtown Service and Treatment Center and the proposed Red Shield Center and mixed-use commercial development.
  • The Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Quincy, Illinois, a community center constructed thanks to Joan Kroc’s $1.8 billion charitable gifts to The Salvation Army.
  • Assisting nearly 850,000 residents with toys and gifts during the Christmas season.
  • Providing more than 22,000 meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    The Salvation Army Midland Division partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to build the new Ferguson Empowerment Center.
  • The Salvation Army Midland Division’s emergency disaster services during the Joplin tornado and the December 2015 flooding.
  • Assisted the community of Ferguson during the unrest in 2014.

“This is a bittersweet time for our family, Patty and I,” said Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, The Salvation Army Midland Divisional Commander. “God will guide us in our new appointment in the Twin Cities but we are saddened to leave behind the many friendships with colleagues and community leaders that we have met during our time here. But Patty and I leave knowing that the Midland Division will continue to build on the services and programs for those greatest in need thanks to the contributions of many corporate donations and other community support that has resulted in the much-needed facilities in the region.”

Majors Dan and Dorene Jennings have been appointed as the new divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries for the Midland Division with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel. The Jennings previously served in the same role for The Salvation Army Milwaukee County.

“Dorene and I are truly excited about the opportunity that will be ours as we take up our new roles as the Divisional Leaders in the Midland Division. We are looking forward to working with the dedicated officers, soldiers, and volunteers who make Midland great,” said Major Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Milwaukee County Divisional Commander. “It is our prayer that God prepares us to be the people He needs us to be as we guide the division. We owe a debt of gratitude to Lt. Colonels Lonneal and Patty Richardson for their hard work and leadership which have made the division what it is today. We appreciate the prayers of those who are part of this division as we join the team and move toward the next chapter of the Midland Division.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.