It’s a Family Affair for the Morrows at Salvation Army Officer Training School
Cadet Mareah Morrow is 20 years old and in her first year at The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training. Just like most young adults who go away to college, she lives with a roommate in the housing provided on the Palos Verdes, California campus.
But there’s a bit of a twist to this college story. Mareah’s neighbors are in their second year at the Army’s training school: her mom and dad, Cadets Charleen and Matthew Morrow. Mom and dad Morrow live with Mareah’s four siblings: three brothers, ages 18, 14 and 13 and one sister who is 6 years old.
We believe that Mareah, Charleen and Matthew are the first such family unit to be in training school at the same time here in the Western United States!
Matthew and Charleen met and married while they were still in high school in the Seattle, Washington area. They worked for the Army for more than 15 years in the Pacific Northwest before they decided to pursue God’s call to be ordained as Salvation Army officers – ministers in our denomination.
Matthew’s brother Lt. John Morrow and sister-in-law Angela were commissioned last year. Their parents, Majors Tom and Crystal Morrow were commissioned in 1976 and serve the Army in Yakima, Washington.
After two years of study at our College for Officer training, Matthew and Charleen will receive their first commission in June and be sent out to lead a Salvation Army unit. Mareah will be in school for one more year before she’s commissioned next June.
God bless the Morrows and all the other cadets in training school, preparing to serve the Army here in the West.
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