SIDNEY — After three years of service in Sidney, Salvation Army Captains Joseph and Chastity Hansen have left for their next assigned location. They will be replaced by Lt. Katheryn Mayes and Capt. Samantha Lochard.
Chastity Hansen grew up in the Salvation Army, attending programs from a young age. Joseph Hansen joined in college after seeing how active the church was.
“In the Salvation Army, I saw a church that not only said what they said but they did what they said,” Joseph said.
Joseph came from Kentucky and Chastity from New York. They both entered Salvation Army training around the same time. After two years of training, they graduated as lieutenants. Five years after this they were promoted to captain. Ranks are based on years of service rather than responsibilities. Captains are moved from community to community roughly every three years.
In their three years as Captains in Sidney, Joseph and Chastity Hansen acted as administrators of donations, oversaw programs, and served as pastors of the church.
“This community is fantastic,” Joseph said.
The Hansens have been happy to see an impact in the children in their after-school program and they’ve enjoyed their time in the area.
“We know that even better things are coming,” Joseph said.
The Hansens’ next assignment is in Binghamton, New York. They are the parents of four daughters, Madelyn, 4, Jaedlyn, 11, Caitlynn, 13, and Hannah, 15. They also have an English Mastiff, Jaxson.
The writer is a summer intern for the Sidney Daily News.