by Al Williams
The Salvation Army is preparing for new leaders in Timaru.
Jacob and Emma Howan will take over from Majors Murray and Wendy Sanson in January and were in Timaru over Labour Weekend for an orientation.
Mr and Mrs Howan are coming to the end of a two-year training programme with the army in preparation for their roles, and the Sansons are scheduled to move to Waihi, in the North Island, in January to take up a similar post.
Mr Howan said the orientation weekend was about meeting people and getting better informed about the operation.
“We are looking forward to meeting the people of South Canterbury,” he said.
“This is our first role in the Salvation Army.
“We are coming to the end of a two-year training programme. The first year was mainly biblical seminars and the second year placed a lot more focus on the work of the Salvation Army.”
Mr Howan holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and said he still had an interest in building furniture.
Mrs Howan completed a degree in political science and had worked in the banking sector.
The couple are both long-standing Salvation Army members, Mrs Howan with the Wanganui Corps and Mr Howan with the Wellington South Corps.
Both spent several years working in Wellington before entering training with the Salvation Army.
“As we now complete our training and look forward to commissioning and joining you all in Timaru, we feel both excited and humbled that we can come and serve with you,” Mr Howan said.