On Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Majors Thomas and Kathleen Applin assumed their new assignments as Coordinators for The Salvation Army in Buffalo. Major Thomas Applin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in religion and philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College near Rochester, NY, and later a Master of Arts degree in leadership and ministry from Greenville College. Active in Salvation Army youth programming, Major Applin met Kathleen Beeman at a summer youth camp in eastern NY State. They were married in 1979 and together attended The Salvation Army School for Officer Training where they were ordained as ministers and commissioned as Lieutenants in 1982. They have two adult children, Evangeline and Bramwell.
Following graduation from Oneonta High School, Kathleen Beeman attended Delhi State College for nursing. In addition to her nursing certificate, Major Kathleen later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in child and family studies from Empire State College.
As Salvation Army officers, the Applins have served in pastoral and administrative appointments in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and most recently, New Jersey. They have also served on the staff of The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in Suffern, New York.
Majors Thomas and Kathleen Applin bring to their new appointment as Buffalo Coordinators, not only a wealth of experience in working with people of all ages from all walks of life, but also a love of God and a commitment to serve the greater Buffalo community.