Wichita's Salvation Army commander moving to KC

The Salvation Army’s Wichita City Commander Douglas Rowland and his wife, Major Janet Rowland, are scheduled to be relocated next month to the organization’s Kansas and Western Missouri headquarters in Kansas City.

The move is considered a promotion. The couple hopes it will be the last in their more than 40 years of service to the Salvation Army.

“We’ve been officers for over 40 years,” Douglas Rowland, 63, said Monday; his wife is 61. “In that time, we’ve had several moves that included Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and now Missouri. We find it kind of exciting to make new friends and have new opportunities for ministry.”

The new Salvation Army City Commander for Wichita will be Major Glen Caddy and his wife, Major Carole Caddy.

Douglas Rowland said his family has been involved with the Salvation Army for generations.

“It was where we went to church and Sunday school,” he said. “My mom and dad took me as soon as I was born.

“We continued and now, in fact, all four of our children are active in Salvation Army as is our grandchildren.”

The Rowlands had hoped to stay in Wichita longer, he said Monday, but were asked to move to the regional headquarters. The couple has lived in Wichita for the past 5½ years.

“We’ve had a great time in Wichita,” Rowland said. “There have been some difficult times with the economy and how it affected us at the Salvation Army as a nonprofit organization. We made some good decisions and some difficult ones during that time. We have a great staff and an amazing advisory board, which is a great strength.”

He praised Wichita because of its people.

“It is a great-size town with people who are friendly and who have a love for their community,” he said, “and when they see a need, they step up and meet it.”