They moved to Culpeper from Atlanta in late June. Now, with just about a month living in their new home, Jared and Rachel Martin radiate excitement about their new calling. One that has brought them to Culpeper as the new directors of this area’s Salvation Army which also includes a store and office in Warrenton.
For Jared, being an officer with the Salvation Army dates back decades.
“My great grandpa was in the Salvation Army so there’s a lot of history,” says the exuberant young man who has brought his wife Rachel and their three children on a new adventure, at least a four-year appointment to this area.
“It’s very much a calling,” says Martin noting that you embrace wherever you are appointed. “It’s a mission.”
For many, it may not be an easy life knowing that you will move around the country doing mission work but, for Martin, he found a willing partner in his wife Rachel.
They met while students at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, a Christian university.
Married 10 years, it’s clear that their devotion to their work and each other is very strong.
“She is a tremendous blessing to me,” smiles Jared. “I hope that I am a blessing for her.”
“It’s good to be on the same page…to be partners…to have all the family onboard,” says Jared, “it gives us a sense of mission and purpose.”
For the Martins, their cooperation and collaboration together add a fuller dimension. Both feel that the two combined will be better able to serve the community.
With the recent flooding in West Virginia, Jared Martin noted that the Salvation Army sent 33 mobile feeding units serving some 33,000 meals.
Perhaps best known for their Christmas bell ringers and Angel Trees, the mission of the Salvation Army includes deep connections with other organizations like county human services departments.
Starting small but starting nonetheless, one goal the Martins have is to establish a church.
“We’ve had small groups meeting in our home,” said Jared.
“We certainly want to expand our ministry,” echoed Rachel, “and be continually looking for ways that we can make a difference in the community.”
New items come in all the time from donations. Workers at the store are paid. “We want them to be able to earn a living,” says Martin.
“We encourage people to donate, to shop and to support the Salvation Army,” says Martin. “We want big sales, to raise profits because shopping at the store…it goes back to the community.”
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children’s programs. Their work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to the Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar they spend supports their various missions across the country. They are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes to the extent permitted under Section 170(b)(2) for corporations.
Salvation Army Family Store
571C James Madison Highway
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tues-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Truck available for pickup