CONCORD — The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that the local Salvation Army leaders, Joshua and Amanda Keaton, have been promoted to the rank of captain, effective June 5.
The rank of captain is bestowed on officers with five years of exemplary service.
“On behalf of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, I wish to congratulate Josh and Amanda Keaton on their promotion to captains as they serve God,” said Pastor Leon Hawks, Salvation Army Advisory Board chairperson. “They are a gifted couple who have brought new energy and excitement to The Salvation Army in Cabarrus and Stanly counties. We are glad to serve with them as we meet the challenges of our mission to meet human needs in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.”
The Keatons began their ministry in Greenville, South Carolina, in June 2016, where they served as pastors in The Salvation Army’s Rutherford Street Church and ran the men’s rehabilitation center and provided spiritual guidance, life skill programs and resources to the Rutherford Street Homeless Shelter for men, women and families. In June 2019, they were transferred to Concord to lead the church and social service programs at The Salvation Army of Cabarrus and Stanly counties. In the two years they have served in the area, they have led the Picture Hope Capital Campaign, a $7 million campaign to build a new Center of Hope emergency shelter. The new Center of Hope shelter focuses on families who are experiencing homelessness and increases the number of family shelter beds in Cabarrus and Stanly counties by offering 30 bed spaces — five in each of six private family living units. In addition, the new shelter will increase shelter beds for women and men.
“We are thrilled to be in this community during this capital campaign,” said Capt. Amanda Keaton. “Families are near and dear to my heart — my ministry has focused on children and families for the past five years as a Salvation Army officer. It is difficult to turn families away from the shelter, but we only have four beds to support homeless families. It is a relief to know that, thanks to support from the community, we will significantly increase the number of beds for families!”
The Salvation Army expects to break ground on the new Center of Hope shelter in the fall of 2021. The campaign is at 75% of its $7 million goal.
“My wife and I are grateful to be able to use our experience in ministry to help this community,” added Capt. Joshua Keaton. “Every day we trust in God that the needs of the people we serve will be met. Thanks to the generosity of the community, we can! To God be the glory!”
To make a gift to the Picture Hope Capital Campaign or to learn more, visit PictureHopeCampaign.org.