PIQUA — Majors Jody and Robert Kramer have been appointed as the new pastors for the Piqua Corps of the Salvation Army. They will take command on July 1.
Jody Dalrymple Kramer, who hails from Chillicothe, has been involved with the Salvation Army since childhood, when her mother would take her and her two older sisters to Sunday services and weekday programs. A native of Niles, Ohio, Robert Kramer also was introduced to the Salvation Army as a youngster, having been an active particpant in its programs and services since age 5.
The couple met in the Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1990, were commissioned as lieutenants in 1992, and married on Jan. 2, 1993. They have served in the Salvation Army in numerous appointments in upstate New York, Connecticut, northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Major Rob, as he is known, holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Nyack (N.Y.) University, a master of divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and was chosen in the summer of 2012 to attend the Salvation Army’s International College for Officer’s Training in London, England.
Major Jody earned a bachelor of arts in business management from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and a master of divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary.
The Kramers are the parents of two daughters, Bethany and Breanna.
“We are humbled and honored to serve the Lord through the great ministries that happen throughout the Salvation Army of the United States Eastern Territory,” they said.
Major Earline May, interim pastor for the local Salvation Army, will stay until the Kramers assume their new post.
“I have been pleased and privileged to serve the Salvation Army Piqua Corps as its pastor for the past nine months,” May said. “I am a retired Salvation Army officer. I was asked last October if I would be willing to come as the interim pastor to command the Piqua Post until the end of June. Since ministry is a major part of who I am, I was willing to do so. I will be returning back to Columbus, and back into retirement at the end of June.”