BRADENTON -- The Salvation Army will be under new management soon.
Capts. Duane and Marion Durham were appointed to take over the agency's 14th Street headquarters and will officially start with the rank of major June 20.
They have been in charge of the Salvation Army's Panama City branch for the past five years.
"I'm looking forward to carrying on the mission there and do the most good with the resources entrusted to us," Durham said from
Panama City. "We intend to stay there as long as the Army allows us to."
The Durhams, who are in their 40s and have three children, succeed Maj. Ethan Frizzell and his wife, Sue, who are departing after one year here.
Frizzell will be attending Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government to pursue a masters in public administration.
"They're a young couple like us and I'm confident they'll be embraced by the community, too," Frizzell said.
"They're coming into a good situation where there is continuing momentum and a partnership between the Army and the community that is interested in achieving long term social solutions."
Foremost are the preliminary plans for temporary housing on property the Army acquired adjacent to its main building on 14th Street West.
The Durhams are Georgia natives.
And, yes, both are big Georgia Bulldogs fans.
"My wife is a bigger fan than I am -- and she's from Atlanta," said Durham, who grew up in Athens, hometo the University of Georgia.
Their ministry in Panama City included church services, child day care and a safehouse with counseling for families.
Homelessness, a big part of Army's mission here, wasn't a major issue for the Durhams.
"There was a separate rescue mission that did that, but we're committed to continuing the Lord's work with the homeless in Bradenton," he said.
Prior to Panama City, the Durhams were divisional section secretaries for youth camps in Tennessee and Kentucky, corps officers in Cambridge, Md., and served a posting in Baltimore before that.
Their three children are John-Luke, Jeremiah and Mary Beth.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix