The Corps has the services of second-year cadets for the next few months. Married couple Dawn and Glenn Roden are members of the Heralds of Grace session and will be engaged in leading worship and preaching at the corps .
They come from the West Midlands, having lived in Tipton, before moving to Denmark Hill. As members of Dudley Citadel Corps they engaged with youth fellowship work and were songsters.
The first time they were aware of each other was in their early teens at a youth club, but didn’t have much to do with each other. Glenn eventually left the Army for a while. His return to Sunday evening worship is when love began to blossom. The couple was married at Cradley Heath in September 1994.
Now classed as ‘family marrieds’ Dawn and Glenn live at the training college with their 14 year-old son Ben who absolutely loves living in London. He is doing well at school and loves history, but the next two years are very important as he will be working towards his GCSE’s. Before coming to college Ben was in an amateur dramatics company who has performed some of the major musicals at local theatres. Ben loves singing, anything to do with the Titanic and just living his life to the full.
In terms of profession before answering the call to full-time service Dawn worked for the NHS in a Mental Health Trust as an NVQ Health & Social Assessor and Glenn worked as a CNC machine operator* for a private company.
‘ Our mission as we work towards our commissioning and beyond is to love people and bring them into a deeper relationship with God.’
The eagle-eyed may have recognised Dawn and Glenn representing The Salvation Army during the march past at the Cenotaph in London for the remembrance parade.
* A CNC (computer numerical control) operator is someone who operates a CNC machine. The CNC machine can perform functions such as precision drilling and tapping, cutting and shaping steel and aluminum, or milling flat stock into intricate designs. It is often called a CNC lathe. The operator programs the machine to perform the task needed and monitors the work, making all necessary adjustments as needed. (Information from www.wisegeek.org)