The Brainerd Salvation Army has two new faces.
Capts. Scott and Shanais Strissel took the ministry post after Maj. Jeff and Cindy Strickler were transferred to the Salvation Army in the Twin Cities area. The Strissels have four children, Isaiah, 12, Zech, 10 and 3-year-old twins Ethan and Isabella.
The children have already “gotten their feet wet” by helping out with projects since the Strissels’ first day on the job last month.
“This is a great family community,” Scott Strissel said. “There are wonderful opportunities for people in this community and we are excited to be a part of that.”
The Salvation Army has several programs, including collecting back-to-school supplies and collecting donations to help people in need with emergency items, such as shelter, clothes, food and household items and helping people with their rent/mortgage payments, utility assistance, prescriptions and transportation.
The Strissels — whose main roles are as ministers who oversee the day-to-day operation of the Salvation Army — have seven years of experience with the nonprofit, international organization. They spent a year in Farmington Hills, Mich., five years in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and a year in training in Fairmont.
The Strissels became ordained ministers for the Salvation Army after going through seminary training in 2003-05.
Scott Strissel was born to work for the Salvation Army. He’s the fourth generation in his family to do so. Strissel said his father taught him a lot about the organization and he was basically a “missionary kid.”
“I lived in South Africa so I really got to see the global perspective of the needs of the people,” said Strissel. “There were a lot of governmental issues over there when I was there.”
Strissel said he knew he wanted to work for the Salvation Army because he wanted to help people.
“It’s a good fit for me,” he said. “My dad told me to always make sure I don’t forget my family (in this line of work.) You can really get involved in helping people in the community that you need to share the workload with the volunteers.”
Shanais Strissel said, “Before I met Scott I thought the Salvation Army was just a thrift store, but it is way more than that. There are so many programs that affect so many people in communities everywhere.
“I was always interested in social work so this fits. This work is difficult, but the rewards are a blessing.”
The Strissels met while attending Northwestern College Bible Institute in St. Paul. They were both on a spring mission’s trip in California working with inner city children.
Scott Strissel said his skills are in speaking, marketing, communication and writing. His wife’s skills are in administration, overseeing projects and she has good organization skills.
The Strissels said at this time they don’t have any immediate goals, but said they’re dedicated to continuing the work of the Salvation Army in the lakes area by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people.
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