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Salvation Army of Roanoke welcomes new officers

Lieutenant Andy Seiler and Captain Monica Seiler (Credit: Salvation Army)
Lieutenant Andy Seiler and Captain Monica Seiler (Credit: Salvation Army) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Salvation Army welcomed two new officers, Captain Monica Seiler and Lieutenant Andy Seiler.

The Seilers have been the commanding officers of The Salvation Army of Rutherford County and Cannon Counties in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Before moving to Murfreesboro, Capt. Monica Seiler held appointments with The Salvation Army as the Director of Christian Education for the Georgia Division, Assistant Corps Officer of the Atlanta Temple Corps and Corps Officer of the Warner Robins, Georgia Corps. She recently served as the Assistant Administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, overseeing the operation of seven Family Thrift Stores in the metro Atlanta area and directing the inpatient drug rehabilitation program for 133 men.

Before ordination, she served in various community outreach capacities that include her work as a crisis intervention counselor for a women's domestic violence shelter, bi-lingual social worker with the Army, community partnership liaison to open a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and music and creative arts teacher for her neighborhood in Philadelphia.  In addition to having completed her training with the School for Officer Training, she earned a Master's of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in grant writing and philanthropy.  She also recently earned a Master's of Organizational Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She also received a Bachelor's degree in social work from Temple University, as well as studied abroad at El Universidad de Malaga in Spain.

Lt. Andy Seiler received an MBA from Georgia State University and an undergraduate degree in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania.  He feels one of his biggest successes was raising community awareness of all the services available with The Salvation Army in Murfreesboro. Lt. Seiler has opened a Family Thrift Store from the ground up and will be working diligently on matters relating to success of the programs supporting the Army. Lt. Seiler grew up as the son of Salvation Army officers, and he brings a wide range of experiences from the business and non-profit worlds.

The Seilers have two sons: Elijah, who is four, and Benjamin who is 14 months old.

The Seilers said, "We are excited to advance the mission of The Salvation Army in Roanoke in a strategic way that meets the need of the community."