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June 27, 2013

New leadership at Salvation Army

Thrift store for sale as organization shifts

Muskogee’s Salvation Army leadership has changed, and the location may be the next change to take place for the organization.

A few weeks ago a For Sale sign appeared in front of the thrift store on South Main Street, and this week new leadership took over the reins of the local organization.

Lt. Jason Sebo and his wife, Lt. Chelsea Sebo, transferred in from Arkansas, beginning their duties Monday.

Former Capt. Ben Walters has transferred to a different northeastern Oklahoma unit.

The couple has 10 years experience working in many capacities for the Salvation Army, from working in thrift stores to social services to leadership.

Their new assignment in Muskogee is the beginning of their third year as officers, Jason Sebo said.

The couple, who has three sons, ages 20, 16 and 6, both said they feel specially called to work for the Salvation Army.

“I enlisted because the Lord called me to preach the gospel and to meet human needs without discrimination,” Jason said. “And that is the Salvation Army’s official mission, but it sums it up perfectly for me.”

Chelsea Sebo said she enlisted to “bring hope and joy to lives that are broken and in need.”

“Life is most fulfilling when we are helping others to reach their full potential,” she said.

The couple has spent the last few days getting up to speed with Muskogee’s needs and the role of the Salvation Army in the community.

They plan no changes to existing services, Jason said.

However, before the Sebos arrived, the Salvation Army decided to put its thrift store building up for sale in hopes of being able to purchase a building better suited to its needs.

The store remains open while the building is for sale, Jason said.

“We’re looking for a property that would enable us to be more effective, more efficient at serving the community,” Jason said.

A building in a more visible, higher-traffic location with more usable space would be ideal, he said.

“It’s going to radically change the Salvation Army for the better if we can get a such a building located,” he said.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton @muskogeephoenix.com.

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