Ready To Serve – There’s A New Major In Town

New Salvation Army Leaders Arrive In Amarillo



The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome new Corps Officers (church leaders), Majors Darvin and Betty Carpenter. They assumed their position on June 18 and have quickly settled into their new surroundings. Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years. Majors Darvin and Betty Carpenter are enthusiastic and dynamic leaders who love serving others. The Majors come to Amarillo from Houston.

Major Darvin and Betty Carpenter became officers in 1969. They were active officers for 42 years, where they served in the USA Western Territory and the Australian Southern Territory. The Majors have served all over the world from California, Hawaii, Australia, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas. Some locations were served post-retirement, including Amarillo. They have served as leaders in various aspects of The Salvation Army. They worked at a Training College Facility (Salvation Army Seminar), Transitional Living Programs, Adult Day Care Centers, Overnight Shelters, Child Preschools, just to name a few.

“It has been exciting to meet the people of Amarillo and discover the opportunities for ministry here,” said Major Carpenter. “We see the need and are ready to serve the Amarillo community in ‘Doing The Most Good’ alongside the staff, volunteers, and supporters of The Salvation Army.”

“Many people don’t realize that The Salvation Army is a church,” said Major Carpenter. “We invite everyone to join us for Worship each Sunday at 11:00 AM, at The Salvation Army, located at 2101 S. Van Buren, here in Amarillo.” The couple is responsible for all church programs and social services at The Salvation Army including the – shelter, Family Store, Character Building programs, and the church.  “We look forward to meeting you soon!”

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please call our main office at (806)373-6631 or visit Secure donations can be made online at or by calling

1-800-SAL-ARMY(Specify Amarillo).

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.