the bells short

July 20, 2016

TheBellsCaptains Zach and Shelley Bell
Photograph is courtesy of The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command.

The Salvation Army is gearing up for The Most Amazing Race on August 20th! The race will start at 8:30 am at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis and end at Beale Street Landing where an after party awaiting teams, coordinators and volunteers. Teams of three will complete challenges at various locations throughout downtown Memphis. Sign up to compete here until registration closes on August 12th.

We caught up with the head honcho of The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command, Captain Zach Bell, to learn about him and to get his thoughts on Memphis.

How would you describe yourself?

Husband, Father, Follower of Jesus who wants to make a difference where I live.

How would others describe you?

I hope the same way.

Where were you born?

I was  born  in  Grafton,  WV  to  Salvation  Army  parents,  so  I  have  moved  around  my  whole life.

How long have you lived  in Memphis?

We have lived in Memphis for 1 year now and absolutely love it!

What are your thoughts of Memphis in relation to where you have lived previously?

We have lived in large cities like Washington DC, and small cities like Danville, KY. Memphis is the perfect size, and everything seems pretty good to us except the July & August heat

What is your take on the role the Memphis Riverfront and the Mississippi River have in Memphis?

The Mississippi River is itself an attraction and also a way to conduct business. The Memphis Riverfront provides a way for this amazing creation to be enjoyed by all in Memphis.

Favorite thing to do on the riverfront?

We love to go and park at the riverfront and catch a quick bite, but more importantly take in the amazing sights of the Mighty Mississippi.

If the Memphis Riverfront was an animal which one would it be?

I would say a Tiger. They are beautiful animals, but very strong and powerful… much like the Mighty Mississippi. (And hey… it’s Memphis)

If The Salvation Army was an animal which one would it be?

I would say a St. Bernard. First, dogs are loyal animals, and The Salvation Army exists to be loyal to those they get to serve. The St. Bernard was known for the rescue excursions they made. These dogs would go and dig through the snow and lie on top of the injured to provide warmth while others would go get help. Every day The Salvation Army does its best to lay down itself for those who need assistance and find themselves covered not by snow, but by life’s problems.

Describe Downtown Memphis in three words.

Tunes, Trades, & a Treasure

What are your hopes for the relationship between Memphis and the riverfront?

For all of us to continue to take in the beauty, and utilize the opportunities the river provides.

On August 20th at 8:30 am, join Captain Bell and his Salvation Army crew for The Most Amazing Race!

The Most Amazing Race


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