Phoenix Central Corps opens doors to a new center

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Increased space will allow opportunities for increased ministry and service.

by Melissa Axman –

L-R: Commissioner Carolyn Knaggs, Ester Corrales, Commissioner James Knaggs, Lt. Colonel Doug Danielson and Jose Corrales [Photo by Ron Bawden]
On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, the Southwest Division dedicated the new Phoenix Central Corps in front of more than 150 soldiers, board members, and officers—celebrating the corps’ establishment in a new building and a new neighborhood, and the enrollment of new soldiers.
Reflecting on the corps as a gift to the community, Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs, Western territorial leaders, and Lt. Colonel Doug Danielson, Southwest divisional leader, dedicated the new center to the honor and glory of God. Knaggs led the congregational song, “The Wise Man Built His House Upon The Rock,” noting that as the Phoenix Central Corps has been built upon the Lord Jesus Christ, each of us should build our lives on that same rock and the blessing will be plentiful as a result.

The Knaggs and Danielson enrolled five senior and nine junior Soldiers. Adding to the joyous occasion was music performed by both the Divisional Brass and the Central Corps Worship bands.

“We thank God for such a day as this, as we celebrate the dedication of this beautiful building. The Salvation Army has a solid foundation in Phoenix—people will come to this corps to find God, receive social services and feel the love of Jesus Christ. Our foundation in this city will continue to grow stronger,” Knaggs said.

To invite the community to the dedication, a prior celebration occurred on Nov. 6, at Madison Park, across the street from the new corps. José and Esther Corrales, in-charge of the Phoenix Central Corps, hosted the event—which offered a barbeque, live music and youth activities—to reach out to their new community.

The Phoenix Central Corps moved from 2,000 to more than 12,000 sq. ft. The new center includes classrooms, a kitchen, social services offices and a large chapel.

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