ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY HARRISONBURG
Our mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Since 1925 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army has partnered with the local community to provide a helping hand to those caught in the grip of poverty and to do so as effectively and efficiently as possible.
While the services have changed over those years, three things have remained constant for The Salvation Army throughout those 93 years: the love of Jesus Christ as the driving desire to serve others; offering practical services; and coupling those services with understanding, compassion, and hope.
The Salvation Army is blessed to be surrounded and supported by a warm, gracious, and loving community that has a concern for others. Year after year, the generosity of the community in which we serve provides the finances, volunteers, and other resources needed for The Salvation Army to help others with a hand up. The partnership with the community allows thousands of our neighbors to be assisted annually at their moment of need.
The Harrisonburg Salvation Army Corps, located on Ashby Avenue, provides material, emotional, and spiritual support to children, women, and men. In addition, the local Corps operates the Family Services and Emergency Shelter, a 40-bed facility located on Jefferson Street.
The Salvation Army extends its deepest gratitude to each person who, by their generous gifts of financial resources and time, help The Salvation Army to serve those who come through its doors. The Salvation Army pledges to stretch each dollar as far as possible, to be effective and efficient in the provision of service, and to serve those in need with the same compassion and passion as Jesus Christ served those who turned to Him.
Captains John & Stephanie Blevins, Jr.
Captain John Blevins, Jr is a native of Baltimore, MD. He grew up in the great state of West Virginia where his parents, also Salvation Army officers, served for many years. He graduated from Radford University in 2006 with a BS in Political Science. He also earned a BA in Christian Ministry from The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth College (Seminary) in Atlanta, GA in 2009; and a Master of Arts in Religion (Theology) from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2014.
Captain Stephanie Blevins is a native of Hagerstown, MD. She began attending The Salvation Army’s worship services at the age of 8. Through The Salvation Army she has had many great experiences. She learned to play brass music and has traveled to Chile and Mexico on mission trips. She served as the Christian Education Director for the Maryland & West Virginia Division for a number of years.
The Blevins have been married for 12 years and have a 9 year old daughter named Emory and a 4 year old son named Camden. They have served with The Salvation Army in Waynesboro, VA; Portsmouth, VA; and Harrisonburg, VA for the last 18 months. They were commissioned (ordained) in June 2009. They enjoy spending time with their family and going to the movies. Captain JB is a diehard Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan. They love the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and everything the Harrisonburg community has to offer.