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Duluth leaders to retire, new officers Minn. natives

Added on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – After 30 years of service in the Salvation Army Majors Bill and Betsy Cox will retire June 26, moving to the shores of Lake Michigan. They have served in Duluth since 2011.

“Throughout our service, we’ve had our highs and lows—but mostly highs,” explained Major Bill. “Major Betsy and I have been blessed to be called to such a great ministry and purpose.”

Majors Cox Duluth Salvation Army retirementWhen the Majors arrived in Duluth six years ago, they quickly realized The Salvation Army’s worship and service center was a lot bigger operation than any of the previous locations they had served.

“It was a little overwhelming at first,” said Major Bill. “But we soon discovered the depth and quality of the Duluth Salvation Army ministry, and we loved it,” said Major Cox.

During their leadership they have faced personal and professional hurdles, from Major Bill’s successful battle against cancer, to the demands of a fast-paced, technology-filled world.

The Coxes biggest challenge, however, will be saying goodbye to the community. They raised seven children together, some of them staying in the Duluth area. That makes retirement bittersweet.

“We will miss friends and family here, but I am looking forward to not being in charge,” smiled Major Cox. “We hope when people remember us, they say, ‘They loved the Lord and lived it!'”

ellisons 562 x 374Captains Bryan and Teri Ellison will replace the Coxes and are happy to return to their home state of Minnesota, after serving in Iowa and Illinois since 2009. The Ellisons have two daughters ages 16 and 13 and also have a rescued greyhound named Coco.

“We enjoy the busy pace of The Salvation Army ministry, finding ways for the whole family to be involved,” said Captain Teri Ellison. Capt. Teri is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and both grew up in central Minnesota.

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