NORWICH — There’s been a changing of the guard at the Norwich Salvation Army, where a new leader is set to take over from departed Captains Jerry and Mindy Uttley.
Lt. Cheryl McCollum was busy Tuesday readying the Salvation Army site, which operates out of the Gospel Foundation of New England Church at 169 Franklin St., for an inspection.
McCollum takes over for the Uttleys, who have relocated to Rochester, N.Y., Jerry said, to mentor young Salvation Army members there. The Uttleys were in Norwich for five years and were there when the Salvation Army lost its 262 Main St. headquarters to a fire in August 2014.
When the couple came to Norwich in June 2012, their son Jerry III was just 5, and son Jonathan was 4 months old.
“We really enjoyed working with the community in Norwich. It will always have a special place in our hearts,” Uttley said. “We could never forget our time in Norwich.”
The Salvation Army routinely reassigns leaders after a period of time, he said. The family left Norwich July 26. Uttley’s parents also were Salvation Army officers, so he’s used to the relocation.
“It’s a calling upon our lives from God,” he said. He’s served in posts throughout New England, in Ohio and upstate New York. Jerry and Mindy have been married for 12 years.
“I’m actually returning to Rochester, since I went to school there,” he said.
McCollum, who hails from Hartford, was a cadet in Norwich for a winter assignment in 2014, following the fire. She has led the Salvation Army’s Providence headquarters for two years.
“Capt. Jerry and Capt. Mindy were some very cool friends to…
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