Salvation Army

John and Pamela Brackenbury are now slated to serve in Sacramento, California

WASILLA — The Salvation Army Alaska Division recently welcomed Lt. Colonels Sheryl and Doug Tollerud as the new Divisional Leaders after saying goodbye and thanking Majors John and Pamilla Brackenbury for their service.

John and Pamela are now slated to serve in Sacramento, California, issuing the following joint statement in a recent press release, “We truly enjoyed our time in Alaska, serving those in the most need, since we returned in 2018. Although it was a shorter visit than we hoped, we will cherish the memories and time we were able to spend in the beautiful most northern state.”

According to the press release, the Salvation Army’s commissioned officers and ordained ministers are typically appointed to new service locations every two to five years.

The Alaska division welcomed Sheryl and Doug back as the new Alaska’s Divisional Leaders April 7. The two had previously served in Alaska in the same capacity from 2006 to July 2011.

Alaska Salvation Army Communications Manager, Lessa Peter indicated the service oriented couple are “no strangers to Alaska.” Sheryl was born in Anchorage during early statehood and eventually met and married Doug while he was stationed at Ft. Richardson in the 1970s.

“Lt. Colonel Sheryl and I are very pleased to be able to return to Alaska,” Doug stated in the press release. “We look forward to getting reacquainted with those who worked with us as partners in mission in the past, and to forging new partnerships as we strive to continue Doing the Most Good for the most vulnerable here in our state.”

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