Captains Jeff and Graciela Arkell
Jeff was born and raised in Owen Sound, ON. He grew up in the Owen Sound Corps active in a number of ministries and leadership roles at the church.
Graciela was born in Saint Lucia to Salvation Army Officer parents. She spent her formative years in Panama very active in many facets of Salvation Army ministry. In 2001 she received a scholarship to study of William & Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, MB.
It was in Winnipeg that Jeff & Graciela met and fell in love. Two years later the couple were married.
In 2005, Jeff & Graciela graduated from William & Catherine Booth College with a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work, respectively.
Following graduation and a new addition to the family (daughter Gabriela) Jeff & Graciela moved to Panama for 18 months. While there they became involved is Salvation Army ministry at Hogar Jackson, a care home for the elderly.
Returning to Canada in 2007, Jeff served as the Youth & Community Ministries Coordinator in Orillia, ON.
In 2008, Jeff & Graciela moved to Winnipeg, MB to attend The Salvation Army College for Officer Training as members of the Prayer Warriors session.
After one year, Jeff and Graciela were asked if they would assume the leadership of the Portage la Prairie corps. Following their ordination and commissioning in 2010 the Arkell’s remained in Portage la Prairie for two more years.
In 2012 the Arkell’s transferred to Cornerstone Community Church in Mississauga, ON. Jeff was appointed as the Corps Officer/Pastor and Graciela the Community Ministries Officer.
Captains Jeff & Graciela arrived in Ottawa in July 2016 to assume the leadership of Ottawa Citadel.
Jeff & Graciela are the proud parents of 4 children; Gabriela, Joshua, Graciela, and Josiah.