HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The family that has led the Hattiesburg Salvation Army for the last six years is moving on to a new assignment.
Majors Andy and Frances Gilliam and their children will be moving in about a week to Macon, Georgia, where they will serve as commanders for the organization's Central Georgia Area.
Replacing them will be Lieutenants Patrick and Stacy Connelly, who are moving from the Laurel Salvation Army.
"It's been a blessing to be part of the ministry here, to help out in any way we could in the community," said Maj. Andy Gilliam. "The thing we're going to miss the most is the community, the friendships that we've made and the partnerships that we've forged over the last few years," he said.
"It's sad, it's the only thing I can say, but there's also excitement, as we start a new adventure," said Maj. Frances Gilliam. "And that's part of the thing that we know about the Salvation Army, that we are going to eventually get moved somewhere else. And so, we salute and we go and we know God's got wonderful things ready for us there," she said.
A farewell reception for the Gilliams will be held next Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.
Two officers from Birmingham, Alabama will be moving to Laurel to replace the Connellys.