bob & penny

Bob and Penny are the Executive Directors of Oasis, a ministry of Power to Change providing spiritual and emotional support to pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders working through the challenges of ministry. Married for 29 years and having 3 sons, 2 married and 1 pursuing his music career, they have served in various capacities in The Salvation Army: pastors, church planters, hospital chaplains, counsellors, facilitators of reconciliation, and marriage retreat leaders.

Through the Salvation Army’s Emergency Response Ministry they served as Directors of Spiritual/Emotional Care in New York following 911 and Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. They were also part of the Spiritual/Emotional Care team serving in Salmon Arm and Kelowna during the Okanagan Fires.

Each holds a Master of Arts degree in counselling, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and they share authorship of the ‘Couple Care Marriage Preparation Manual’ (over 5000 individuals have used this resource in their marriage preparation), ‘Along The Way’ (a book encouraging healthy relationships for couples already along the way on their marriage journey), and ‘Broken Church Restored’— A systematic approach of applying spiritual first-aid to broken churches in need of healing (the step by step process they took a broken congregation through toward healing).

Bob Armstrong, MA, RCC

Penny Armstrong, MA, RCC



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“I have found this valuable Marriage Preparation Resource to be one of the best tools for pre-marriage counseling.”
- Major Sherry A. Johnson, Pastor, The Salvation Army, Portland, Oregon

“As a pastor of the Christian & Missionary Alliance for some 34 years this resource comes as a refreshing and practical help for busy pastors. The way in which you have arranged the material is helpful and interactive. Couples of all ages including those who choose to remarry have indicated thanks for the hands on use of this manual. I would recommend its use by any counselor who wishes to furnish couples with good tools that help frame a good marriage. Today we need to offer couples Biblical help that they can take with them for life. This manual accomplishes that feature. Thanks for the gift of this good work. I will continue to use it here. In fact, our present Intern was one of the couples I walked through this material.”
- Pastor Ernest Gray, Nanaimo Alliance