The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome its new Divisional Leaders, Majors Debra and Steven Ashcraft to the Southern New England Division, serving Connecticut and Rhode Island. Major Debra Ashcraft will be the new Divisional Commander and Major Steven Ashcraft will be the Divisional Secretary for Ministry Development.
Majors Debra and Steven Ashcraft most recently served as the Area Coordinators for The Salvation Army in Central Ohio, Major Debra as the Area Coordinator for Human Resources and Development and Major Steven as the Area Coordinator for Operations. “We come to the Southern New England Division with the love of God and a passion to fulfill the mission of The Salvation Army. We look forward to serving alongside of our officer colleagues, employees, advisory board members and volunteers. And, we are excited to see what God will do,” said Majors Debra and Steven Ashcraft, Divisional Leaders.
Prior to coming to Central Ohio, Majors Ashcraft served as the Central Kentucky Area Coordinators. Additionally, the Ashcrafts count it a privilege to have served together as corps officers in Lexington, KY, Lowell, MA, East Northport, NY, Freeport, NY, and Port Jervis, NY. Prior to marriage, Major Steven Ashcraft served in Old Orchard Beach, ME, Nashua, NH and Portsmouth, NH. These appointments provided Majors Ashcraft with the opportunity to oversee the construction of three facilities, the operation of two thrift stores, and a number of social service ministries including various feeding programs, an emergency shelter, direct housing programs for homeless veterans and families, learning centers for preschool and grades 1-12, anti-human trafficking programs, and emergency disaster services.
Throughout their career, Majors Ashcraft have been amazed by the faithfulness of God, the generosity of individuals, churches and businesses, and the positive difference that The Salvation Army makes every day in the lives of people. The greatest joy for the Ashcrafts is seeing men, women and children come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Major Steven Ashcraft is the son of Salvation Army Officers. He was commissioned and ordained by The Salvation Army in 1983. Major Debra Ashcraft was commissioned and ordained in 1987. The Ashcrafts have two daughters, Jessica and Megan.