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Majors Cranford retire

Majors John R. and Karen L. Cranford retired recently from active service as leaders of the Philadelphia Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). Major John Cranford served as administrator and Major Karen Cranford served as the director of program & residential services.

Commissioned in 1970 as members of the “Undaunted” session and married in 1971, their ministry journey has included service in many corps and ARC appointments throughout the Eastern Territory.

From Middletown, Ohio (John) and Cincinnati Citadel, Ohio (Karen) and then together at the Covington, K.Y., Corps, they went on to serve in the then Men’s Social Service Department. From there, they went to Brooklyn, N.Y., Paterson, N.J., Boston, Mass., back to Brooklyn, N.Y., Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Rochester, N.Y., and finally to Philadelphia, Pa.

John entered training from Rochester, N.Y., and Karen (Stadnyk) from Sidney, Ohio. Through their almost 90 years of combined service, they have greatly influenced the lives of men, women, and children in 10 communities.

The Cranfords continue to claim the promise in Philippians 1:6 (ESV): “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

They have completed their work as active officers and now look forward to retirement in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

by Lt. Colonel Kathleen Steele

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