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Johnson City Salvation Army welcomes new leadership

June 18th, 2014 9:39 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

Johnson City Salvation Army welcomes new leadership

Laura and Michael Cox

The Johnson City Salvation Army is changing command.

Captains Nick and Fallyn Garrison, who came to the Johnson City corps in 2012, left for a new command in their home state of Oklahoma on Monday.

Captains Michael and Laura Cox, who most recently served as commanders of Salvation Army Corps in Orange, Texas, will begin work here next week.

“We’re sad to be leaving so soon,” Fallyn Garrison said. “We’ve only been here two years and feel like we had just got our wheels turning and had our vision for the future. We will be leaving all of that for the Coxes.”

Fallyn Garrison said the Coxes were her and her husband’s classmates in Salvation Army training in Atlanta and will be coming to Johnson City with their three teenage sons, Sean, Thomas and Tyler. “They’re an excellent couple, energetic and anxious to be here,” she said.

For the coming Christmas season, Fallyn Garrison said, “I think we’re going to see a lot of need this season as we did in the past and we’re going to need a lot of help with food and toys for all the families, kids and folks who need our help. The Coxes have done 15,000 (Angel Tree) kids in some bigger cities, so they are well prepared for it.”

Nick Garrison said he and his wife enjoyed their time in Johnson City and “how the community comes together to help when needed.”

“The big thing we’ve been working on these past two years was getting our financial condition under control,” Nick Garrsion said. “I feel we have done that and we were hoping to begin work on a hometown enhancement fund to support the work of the Salvation Army in this community for the future.

“We will be in prayer for this community and that God lifts it up as the work moves forward. We’ve enjoyed being here.”

The Coxes have served as commanders of the Orange, Texas, Corps since June 2011. They previously served two years in Fort Worth and two years in Houston. Michael Cox is originally from South Carolina. Laura Cox is a native of North Carolina.

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