Appersons train with Salvation Army in Winnipeg

Rick and Sarah Apperson have left Smithers for training with the Salvation Army in Winnipeg.

Rick and Sarah Apperson are enjoying their Salvation Army officer training in Winnipeg.

Read the full story in the Sept. 14 edition of The Interior News.

Rick Apperson and his wife Sarah are already making new friends in Winnipeg, where they are attending Booth University College for Officer Training as Salvation Army pastors.

He recently left his role as executive director of the Salvation Army in the Bulkley Valley.

“It is a big change from Smithers, the population is bigger, and it is a bit challenging so far to get familiar with learning best street routes,” said Apperson. “It’s a big city, so it definitely takes a little getting used to.”

Although Sarah was born in Smithers and they have lived here for 12 years, the Appersons are experienced travellers. They have lived and worked in Zagreb, Croatia and Knoxville, Tennessee and so far they are enjoying their experience in Manitoba, even with their busy schedules.

Their two-year program will prepare them for ministry as commissioned Salvation Army officers anywhere in the world.

Paul Jungclaus has been administering Apperson’s vacant role since his departure, and Apperson’s replacement, Tim Sharpe, will be arriving from Saskatchewan around Sept. 16.

Apperson said they think of friends and family in Smithers often.

“You know, we just love and appreciate them. We miss them,” said Apperson.