A Salvationist Legacy
“When they reached the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you before I’m taken from you? Ask anything.”
Elisha said, “Your life repeated in my life. I want to be a holy man just like you.”
—2 KINGS 2:9 (MSG)
Elisha Moretz chose 2 Kings 2:9 to be read upon his commissioning as a Salvation Army officer because it involves his biblical namesake and much more.
Moretz is the grandson of Commissioners Lawrence R. and Nancy A. Moretz, former territorial leaders in the USA East. Although Commissioner Lawrence Moretz was promoted to Glory in 2015, Commissioner Nancy Moretz was in the audience in Hershey, Pa., to see her grandson and his wife, Cadet Megan Moretz, become commissioned officers.
Elisha said he only thinks about his family legacy when someone mentions it to him.
“I’m just hoping to have some modicum of service and ministry that they’ve had,” he said of his grandparents. “I work toward that goal.”
Megan is well on her way to helping the couple realize Elisha’s dream. Megan won two academic awards as a Messengers of Light session graduate in the areas of Bible knowledge and in doctrine knowledge achievement.
Says Megan, the daughter of officers from the Canada & Bermuda Territory, “I think a lot of my knowledge of the doctrines and of the Bible has been passed on through my family.”
A fifth–generation Salvationist, Megan also credits hard work and the love and encouragement of her husband for her accomplishments.
“God has blessed me with a mind that easily retains information and I recognize that blessing and just give all the honor and glory back to God for what He has given me,” she says.
Megan already has a degree in peace & conflict studies from the University of Toronto and she is now studying for a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary.