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Anchors Aweigh, Our Beloved Brit!

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Salvation Army officers dedicate their lives and skills completely to God through full-time ministry.  These trained, selfless officers proclaim the gospel and serve as pastors, teachers, administrators and much more.   Most often, they minister in a local Salvation Army church, also called a Corps.   A key component of their work for the Lord is their missionary readiness to move to new fields of service when called upon.

Captain Jon-Phil Winter, our British born Corps Officer of the Chattanooga Area Command’s 614 Corps on McCallie Avenue, has served faithfully for the past five years.   Now, he is being called to further the work of the growing Salvation Army ministry in Maryville, Tennessee by serving as the Corps Officer there.

Under Captain Winter’s exemplary direction, the 614 Corps’ ministry to the homeless has grown in its outreach and effectiveness.   From meeting basic needs in the ReCreate Café to the implementation of a vibrant arts ministry, and from the ongoing successes of the men in the transformational life development program to Wednesday afternoon karaoke for all comers, Captain Winter is leaving an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of many.

He will be greatly missed, but Captain Jon-Phil Winter fulfills the lesson of Isaiah 61:4 to “…restore, rebuild and renew…” lives in need by providing a safe haven for the homeless in a place of spiritual and communal renewal.

Below are some of our favorite photos of Captain Winter serving in Chattanooga.

Sharica & Captain Winter were ready for Christmas in 2011!

Sharica & Captain Winter getting ready for Christmas in 2011.

Tenika & Captain Winter had a great time at the Thanksgiving Eve Festival in 2011!

Tenika & Captain Winter having a great time at the Thanksgiving Eve Festival in 2011.

Chef Terry & Captain Winter serving pancakes on Fat Tuesday!

Chef Terry & Captain Winter serving pancakes on Fat Tuesday in 2012.

Sandy & Captain Winter enjoying the Christmas kickoff in 2011.

Sandy & Captain Winter enjoying the Christmas kickoff in 2011.

Captain Winter rehearsing for Godspell in 2012.

Captain Winter rehearsing for Godspell in 2012.

Captain Winter showing off his Halloween outfit in 2011.

Captain Winter showing off his Halloween outfit in 2011.

Captain Winter singing Billy Idol karaoke at the Thanksgiving Eve Festival in 2012.

Captain Winter singing Billy Idol karaoke at the Thanksgiving Eve Festival in 2012.

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Captain Winter & the cast of Godspell with Dr. Gandhi in 2012.

Sharica, Commissioner Osborne and Captain Winter in 2011.

Sharica, Commissioner Osborne and Captain Winter in 2011.

Captain Winter and Steve at the 2013 Purse Auction.

Captain Winter and Steve at the 2013 Purse Auction.

Captain Winter preaching at the Easter Sunrise Service in 2014

Captain Winter preaching at the Easter Sunrise Service in 2014.

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Christmas 2013 Kickoff.

Captain Winter serving tornado survivors meals in 2012.

Captain Winter serving tornado survivors meals in 2012.

Kim, Captain Winter and Jennifer at the Northgate Ribbon Cutting in 2013.

Kim, Captain Winter and Jennifer at the Northgate Ribbon Cutting in 2013.

Captain Winter & his 6 new soldiers in 2014.

Captain Winter & his 6 new soldiers in 2014.

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