Hemet Corps dedicates new building
Hundreds gather at opening of The Salvation Army Pearl E. Rogers Corps Community Center.
More than 450 people attended the opening and dedication of The Salvation Army Pearl E. Rogers Corps Community Center in Hemet, Calif., on Oct. 30, where Territorial Commander Commissioner James Knaggs gave the message.
Sierra del Mar Divisional Planned Giving Director Greg Mattox shared the story of Rogers’ vision to build a center for Hemet, followed by Divisional Commander Major Lee Lescano’s recognition of previous corps officers and community officials and contractors who made Rogers’ vision a reality.
Knaggs encouraged those present to rededicate their lives—to build them on a firm foundation to withstand the storms of life. Afterwards, he played the piano. Commissioner Carolyn Knaggs, territorial president of women’s ministries, brought the prayer of dedication. After Divisional Secretary Captain Kenneth Perine gave the benediction, guests moved to the courtyard for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Sierra del Mar Divisional Band, led by Bandmaster Stephen Yalden, provided music.
Captain Susan Gibson is the corps officer in Hemet.