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After 15 Years of Service, John Ferreira Becomes Salvation Army Major

SPRINGFIELD — The Salvation Army of Greater Springfield, which has been delivering services and hope to the less fortunate in Massachusetts for more than 125 years, announced that officer John Ferreira has been promoted to the rank of major after 15 years of service.

Prior to his promotion, Ferreira held the rank of captain in the Springfield corps. Upon completion of a two-year residential training course and ordination as an officer, a cadet becomes a lieutenant in the Salvation Army. After five years of service, they become a captain, and after 15 years, they become a major.

“It is humbling to be able to mark my 15th year with the Salvation Army with the change in rank from captain to major,” said Ferreira, who oversees the Springfield citadel along with his wife, Maj. Ronda Ferreira. “I have dedicated a significant portion of my life to helping others though the Salvation Army, and I consider myself blessed for the opportunity.”

Ferreira is a graduate of the Salvation Army School for Officer Training Seminary. He was ordained and commissioned as an officer (minister) in June 2000. Ferreira and his wife were transferred in 2012 to the Salvation Army on Pearl Street in Springfield from the Trenton, N.J. Salvation Army, where they were commanders.

For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Springfield, visit springfield.salvationarmyma.org.

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