Salvation Army McHenry County Executive Director transferred to new appointment
Every year during the month of May, phone calls go out to active Salvation Army officers appointing them to new locations within the 11 central states.
With as little as a four-week notice, active officers prepare their communities and congregations for the change in leadership of the local Salvation Army unit.
Captain Carol Lewis of The Salvation Army of McHenry County received one of those calls and will be leaving Crystal Lake as the executive director to take up a new position as the Divisional Director of Development for the Midland Division serving Missouri and Southern Illinois, effective July 2, 2018.
While the new appointment is exciting, Captain Lewis is sad to be leaving McHenry County and the many relationships she has built over her four years as The Salvation Army's executive director of programs and services.
Captain Lewis states, "These past four years living in Crystal Lake and serving McHenry County has been a blessing and a time of personal growth for me. The relationships that I have built both professionally and personally with community leaders on behalf of The Salvation Army will sustain our organization into the future. With the support of the advisory board, staff, and volunteers I know the next officer will value and appreciate this community as much as I have."
The announcement of the new officer coming to serve in McHenry County is on hold until after the ordination and commissioning of new Lieutenants on Sunday, June 10.
Captain Lewis grew up as a fifth generation Salvationist and became a Salvation Army Officer in 2005. After graduating from the College for Officers Training in Chicago with her husband, Scott, the Lewis' were appointed to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin along with their two sons, Brandon and Evan.
While an active duty officer, Captain Scott, passed away and Captain Carol was transferred to The Salvation Army's Territorial Headquarters in Chicago and eventually to McHenry County as a single woman officer. Her older son, Brandon, became a Salvation Army officer, and along with his wife, Megan, and son, Griffin, are stationed in the inner city of Indianapolis. Her younger son, Evan, recently graduated from Crystal Lake South High School and has been accepted to Olivet Nazarene University on a football scholarship. He will attend in the fall of 2018.
While serving in McHenry County, Captain Lewis completed Leadership Greater McHenry County (class of 2017), and became a Women of Distinction in 2017. She values education and will be pursuing both her bachelor's and master's degree in philanthropy from Indiana University School of Philanthropy. Her passion is serving those who are most in need.
A farewell open house is set to honor Captain Carol Lewis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Studio 2015 Jewelry, 11701 Catalpa Lane in Woodstock. Hosted by The Salvation Army McHenry County Advisory Board, the public is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Mark Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Salvation Army of McHenry County
The Salvation Army has served the communities in McHenry County for more than 25 years of dedicated service. The McHenry County Corps provides meals, clothing, school supplies, toys, financial, and spiritual assistance to those in need. The McHenry County Corps is located in Crystal Lake at 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave. and is part of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division.