The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command welcomes Captains Brett and Mary Meredith as Tidewater Area Commander and Associate Area Commander, respectively.
“We are excited to be coming to Hampton Roads to serve this great community which includes many from our heroic military,” said Captain Brett Meredith. “It is an honor to serve alongside those that fight for our freedom as we fight against poverty in its many forms.”
Captains Meredith, come to Norfolk from Kerrville, Texas where they served a six year appointment as Corps Officers and Kroc Administrators. In Kerrville, they successfully fundraised, built and opened a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
Captains Meredith, high school sweethearts, married in 1985. After a successful music career and having become one of the premier Christian music groups in the United States with his family and group, The Merediths, in 1998 Brett heard God’s call to serve as an officer in The Salvation Army. Within six months Mary, then a commercial property manager, too heard God’s call to serve. In November they began an 18 month stint of assisting the Columbia, South Carolina Corps and in August of 2000 entered the College for Officer Training.
Upon completion, June 2002, they received their first appointment to The Dallas Temple Corps in Dallas, Texas where they led a congregation of 140 and helped it grow to over 200 each Sunday in 4 years. In 2006, they received an appointment to Kerrville, Texas, where they led one of 27 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in the United States. In Kerrville, Brett served as the Kroc Administrator and Mary as the Corps Officer.
The Merediths have two children, a daughter who was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer three years ago and a son who will be attending his sophomore year at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Twice a year The Salvation Army National Headquarters reviews leadership and appointments and moves officers based on community needs and officer’s skills. The average appointment length is three years.