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From left: Captain Rhegan Stansbury; Lillianah, 8; Josias, 2, and Isabella, 10, play the piano with their mother and father, Captain Joshua Stansbury, at the Salvation Army Thursday in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

From left: Captain Rhegan Stansbury; Lillianah, 8; Josias, 2, and Isabella, 10, play the piano with their mother and father, Captain Joshua Stansbury, at the Salvation Army Thursday in Marinette.

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MARINETTE — Community members will see two new faces leading the local Salvation Army.

Majors Carol and Ron Lemirand handed the reins over to Captains Rhegan and Joshua Stansbury after they decided to retire.

Joshua and Rhegan, along with their three children — Isabella, 10; Lillianah, 8, and Josias, 2, — were transferred to Marinette from Springfield, Ill.

“Marinette is a very beautiful city,” Joshua said. “It’s really close to the water and we definitely like that. It’s a smaller community which gives us more of an opportunity to get to know the people.

“We love the small communities because we get to be Mr. and Mrs. Salvation Army and have the opportunity to get to know more people personally.”

The captains served three previous appointments before coming to Marinette. Their first being a total of four years; second, five, and third, two.

“The Salvation Army just in general moves officers around,” Joshua said. “They average four to seven years, sometimes people are there longer or shorter.

“It’s just one of those things that you agree upon when you become a Salvation Army officer, pastor and administrator.”

Joshua mentioned they met when they were 10-years-old.

Rhegan said both Joshua and her grew up attending Salvation Army church.

“Our parents were lay leaders,” she explained. “We (Joshua and her) met by going to Salvation Army camp. We started dating our senior year of high school in different cities. Then we both decided that God was calling us to serve in the Salvation Army.”

While Rhegan and Joshua have only been here for a week, they definitely have plans for Marinette.

“Right now we’re just kind of seeing what things are like and getting to know what the Salvation Army does in this community,” she said. “We want to see where we can take it from here.”

The duo are also planning on meeting with Salvation Army leadership within the next couple of weeks to see what ideas the group has.

“I think a great foundation has been laid for us to build upon,” Joshua said. “Hopefully we can expand from there — more ministries, more services — whatever it is that God leads us to.”

Both captains are very happy to be in this community.

“We’re looking forward to getting to know the community,” Rhegan said. “We just want to keep it going with what the Salvation Army is here.”