Salvation Army Social Justice Research Center gets new leader

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The center opened on Trevecca’s campus in 2015, sharing space with Trevecca’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice in Mark’s Guest House.

Dr. Dan Boone, president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently welcomed Major Ethan Frizzell to campus, who will lead The Salvation Army Social Justice Research Center.

Frizzell and his wife, Major Sue Frizzell, were recently appointed as the area commanders for Nashville. In addition, Ethan Frizzell has also been named director of the SRJC for the USA Southern Territory, located in Mark’s Guest House on Trevecca’s campus.

Frizzell follows in the footsteps of Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett, who served as the first director of the SRJC. He recently retired and is moving to Florida.

“The Salvation Army and Trevecca have a strong relationship, built on our shared commitment to serving others,” Boone said. “I was honored to meet Major Frizzell and excited about the future of our partnership.”

(l–r) Curtis Elliott, James Casler, Dan Boone, Major Ethan Frizzell and Terri Neville.

Frizzell and his wife have served as officers in The Salvation Army for more than 20 years. The couple most recently served in Sarasota, Florida. Previously, they served as the area commanders of The Greater New Orleans Area Command and were responsible for the Center of Hope and Hurricane Katrina Response. Frizzell holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He is excited to step into his new role.

“The opportunity to serve as the director of The Salvation Army Social Justice and Research Center is a call for courage to bring forth the best research in the country, listen to the stories of those ‘othered’ by society, deliberate in this Wesleyan community, and create a call to action,” Frizzell said. “Believers and non-believers alike feel the call for change in society, yet few want to change the way they participate. How do we look at a kingdom approach to say individually and collectively, ‘Thy Kingdom Come?’”

The SRJC opened on Trevecca’s campus in 2015, sharing space with Trevecca’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice in Mark’s Guest House. The unique partnership between the University and The Salvation Army is centered on a shared belief in applying biblical social justice in the real world. The shared emphasis and space allows Trevecca students, faculty and staff to be engaged in the SRJC’s research projects while also allowing The Salvation Army to support Trevecca’s social justice program, one of the university’s most multidisciplinary majors.

Trevecca has provided continuing education and degree credit classes to the Southern Territory through the Christian ministry program since 2004. Last month, Boone even served as a keynote speaker at The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory Bible Conference, held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina.

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