The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania is proud to announce Lt. Colonels Janet and Larry Ashcraft as its new Divisional Leaders. The Ashcrafts take over the reins held by Lt. Colonels Stephen and Janet Banfield, who retired in the Spring of 2019.
The Ashcrafts are responsible for the administrative oversight for all personnel, financial and program components of 51 Salvation Army Corps Community Centers, 163 volunteer service centers, residential programs and The Salvation Army Camp Ladore Retreat and Conference Center. In all, they manage more than 122 commissioned Salvation Army officers and nearly 1,200 employees.
Lt. Colonels Ashcraft have been Salvation Army officers for nearly 40 years. Both hold degrees from Nyack College. Lt. Colonel Janet also earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.
Most recently, the Ashcrafts spent five years as the Divisional Leaders for the Southwest Ohio/Northeast Kentucky Division, with headquarters in Cincinnati.
Lt. Col. Larry is a runner and avid sports fan who lives and dies with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Reds. He jokes that when he is cut he bleeds scarlet and gray, the colors of his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. Lt. Col. Janet is a voracious reader. She enjoys walking, crafting and spending time by the ocean, especially in Maine.
The Ashcrafts are the children of Salvation Army officers. They have two sons. Joel and his wife, Kathleen, are Salvation Army officers in Cleveland, Ohio. Christopher is with the U.S. Department of State and currently is posted in Sao Paolo, Brazil. They also have three grandchildren. Matthew, Evelyn and Audrey are the joys of their lives.
“Our deepest desire is to see emerging generations engaged in the mission of The Salvation Army,” said Lt. Col. Larry Ashcraft. “Save souls, produce saints and serve suffering humankind without discrimination.”