On the banks of the Ohio River is the picturesque town of Madison, Indiana, the new home Lieutenants Vinal and Brenna Lee. This month they begin an adventure together as both newlyweds and the newly appointed officers in command of The Salvation Army Madison Corps Community Center.
As a way of introducing the new lieutenants to our friends throughout the Indiana Division, we asked them to share with us a little about themselves:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Lt. Vinal: I was born in Augusta, Maine but primarily grew up on Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is definitely the place that I call “home.” I never had permanently residency in Indiana, but I did serve my Christmas Assignment at the Indianapolis Harbor Light.
Lt. Brenna: I am an officer’s kid and have moved around a lot since high school graduation, so claiming one location as “home” is rather difficult. However, for the last two years I was the corps officer at the Omaha North Corps. I have never lived in Indiana before, but I am looking forward to my new adventure here!
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Lt. Vinal: My wife’s name is Brenna (Logan) Lee. We recently got married on June 20, 2015, just a couple days ago!
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Lt. Vinal: Officership in The Salvation Army for me was not a personal decision, but a personal calling by God. In response to this calling, I chose to be obedient. There isn’t anything in my life that I’d rather do than officership because there’s nothing I’d rather be than obedient to God.
Lt. Brenna: My first distinct calling I received from God was when I was nine years old at Army Lake Camp in East Troy, WI. This calling was towards missionary work; at that time, I had no idea what that was going to look like. Growing up, I had opportunities to be fully submerged into ministry through local roles at the corps, shelter, school, Summer Mission Teams, Global Mission Teams, Camp Staff and by becoming a Youth Director through the Railton School for Youth Ministry. Even through all of those wonderful experiences, my heart wasn’t settled, I felt like God was calling me to more; through lots of prayer, hesitation and guidance, I realized that being an officer in The Salvation Army was God’s “missionary” desire for my life the entire time. He promised to allow my spirit to shine and to use my passions for ministry as long as I remained faithful to Him. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Lt. Vinal: I am looking forward to cultivating new relationships with the people of Madison while learning what God has already been doing through The Salvation Army in the community. I am also excited to hear and see the vision of God for the corps and learning how I play apart in allowing that to come to fruition.
Lt. Brenna: I am looking forward to investing in the lives of the people of Madison; knowing who they are, understanding what they’ve been through, supporting them as they discover where they’d like to be and celebrating their accomplishments along with them.
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Lt. Vinal: I enjoy all things coffee, music and art related.
Lt. Brenna: I enjoy athletics, photography and traveling.
Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the month of July! Next up: Majors William (Bill) and Patricia (Trish) Welch tell us how their experiences at summer camp led to a calling as Salvation Army officers.