12 June 2014

The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Majors Ronald and Ronalee Fenrich, effective July 2, to the Puyallup Corps in Pierce County, WA. Prior to this appointment, the Majors managed the location in North Seattle. In Puyallup, they replace Majors Premek and Charity Kramerius, who were appointed to The Salvation Army in the Czech Republic.

As Salvation Army Officers, the Majors expect to be reassigned throughout their careers. The commitment of being an Officer includes moving your family frequently, and accepting reassignments based on career development and filling the needs of The Salvation Army locations. The assignment in Puyallup is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage a large community center and congregation.

Established in 1984, the Puyallup Corps serves several East Pierce County communities, including Bonney Lake, Sumner, Milton, and Graham.

Services provided include the Senior Center, which hosts meals and social activities; Family Services; 65 affordable apartments for seniors at the Silvercrest; Emergency Disaster Services; and summer camp (day or week-long) at Camp Arnold in Eatonville. Holiday programs include holiday meals, food baskets, and toy donations. The facility was expanded in 2013.

Originally from Sacramento, CA, Major Ronald Fenrich received an Associate of Arts degree in Ministry from The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Crestmont, CA, in 1995. Before attending college, he worked with his grandfather and father in the family saw-sharpening business. In the meantime, he also worked as a Youth Pastor at The Salvation Army in Sacramento. It was that counseling and ministry work that led him to consider becoming an Officer with The Salvation Army.

Major Ronalee Fenrich was born in Portland, OR, and grew up in Northern CA. Prior to receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Ministry from Crestmont College in 1995, she studied early childhood and elementary education at Seattle Pacific University.

The Majors Fenrich have been Salvation Army Officers for nearly 20 years. Prior to their appointments in Seattle and Vancouver, WA, they also served in Anaheim, CA, and Denver, CO.

In his spare time, Major Ronald enjoys working with computers and technology, as well as sports, music, and theatre. He plays percussion in The Salvation Army brass band. Major Ronalee enjoys reading (murder mysteries and historical novels) and cheering for several American Leagues Baseball teams. The Majors have been married for 20 years and have two children – Johnathan (age 19) and David (age 16).