• What is The Salvation Army?

    The Salvation Army is an international organization that serves millions of people around the world. We provide food, shelter and essential services without discrimination.

History

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 as an evangelical movement. When William Booth held Christian services in London, he preached messages of hope and salvation to congregations that were utterly destitute. Among those listening were thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards. Thus, he desired to lead these people to Christ by providing for their physical as well as spiritual needs.

Those who converted to Christianity under William Booth’s teaching became known as Salvationists. Between 1881 and 1885, some 250,000 people were converted through his ministry. Programs evolved to meet changing needs but remained focused on “Sharing God’s love by serving others” and continue to meet critical needs at the point of need. The Salvation Army ministry now serves in virtually every corner of the world.

The Salvation Army was also in the forefront of encouraging women to take a place of prominence in ministry. The first female general was William Booth’s daughter, Evangeline Booth, serving from 1934 to 1939.

The Salvation Army’s mission has remained the same since the day it began – to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Advisory Board

  • Brad McMullan
  • John Dorsa
  • Frank Bradshaw
  • Gene Delcomyn
  • Arlette Thompson
  • Governor Phil Bryant
  • Dr. Beverly McMillian
  • Butch Hammack
  • Mike Neelly
  • Clyde Guyse
  • Charlie Lindsey
  • Danny Gray
  • Dave Miller
  • Don Noblitt
  • Pam Ware
  • Alvin Beck
  • Jeff King
  • Jeff Laird
  • Jane Foreman
  • Carol Gemmill
  • Jason Goree
  • Joe Lauderdale
  • Johnny Maloney
  • Joseph Moss
  • Jay Coalter
  • Ken Shelton
  • Karen Godon
  • Barbara Travis
  • Maggie Wade
  • Michael Wallis
  • Nancy Fletcher-Smith
  • Noel Daniels
  • Alfred Luckett
  • Mary Ann Kirby
  • Robert Gibbs
  • Sara Burrow
  • Scott Steele
  • Todd Tauzin
  • Tommy Harrelson
  • Lawrence Turner
  • Whit Hughes
  • Tina Lakey