The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas is pleased to welcome new Area Commanders, Cpts. Josh and Ashley Robinett and their family. The Robinetts are replacing Majors Dan and Mary Matthews who have been reassigned to the Area Command in Oklahoma City.
Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years. The Captains are enthusiastic leaders and come to Northwest Arkansas from Hot Springs, where for the last 2 years, they were responsible for the Hot Springs Salvation Army Corps.
Captain Josh Robinett was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. He has a deep appreciation and compassion for single-parent families, since he along with two younger siblings, were raised by a single mother. He joined The Salvation Army at the age of 8. Before answering the call to full-time ministry, he spent time in the oil field, a short time as a correctional officer and five years as a sales consultant for Quality Document Solutions in Texas. He and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2005 and answered the call to serve as officers in The Salvation Army shortly after by entering the training college in 2008. In 2010, the Robinetts finished their time at the training college with an Associates of Arts in Practical Ministries.
Captain Ashley Robinett has deep roots in Arkansas. She was born in Pine Bluff and has family residing in White Hall, Perryville and Hector. Ashley is a fourth-generation Salvationist; her parents are retired Salvation Army Majors. As a child of Officers and now one herself, Captain Ashley brings with her a well-rounded experience. The Robinetts have four children, Joshua, 11, Elizabeth, 8, Danielle, 5, and Cody, 1. As Officers, the Robinetts, have served in Russellville, AR, Fayetteville, AR, and Hot Springs, AR. They and their children look forward to returning to Northwest Arkansas to serve this great community again.
The couple will be responsible for overseeing the work done throughout Northwest Arkansas at The Salvation Army including the emergency shelters, Family Stores, the addiction recovery program, social services, churches (Corps) and Christmas efforts.