boothOur Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

A Brief History

In 1865 William Booth, a young minister, left the "Methodist New Connexion" in order to begin a "Christian Mission" in the poverty-ridden London East End. With his wife, Catherine, he "reached for the worst," rather than cultivate the comfortable middle class.

In 1878, by a fortunate inspiration, the name was changed from the "Christian Mission," to "The Salvation Army." Immediately, the movement captured the public imagination. Incorporating paramilitary ranks and uniforms, the movement spread throughout the British Isles. In 1880 the first missionary, George Scott Railton, was sent to New York. With the aid of seven untutored "lof material, emotional, and spiritual needs. In addition to preaching the Gospel, Booth became involved in providing food and shelter for the hungry and homeless and alcohol rehabilitation for the addicted. The basic social services developed by William Booth have remained an outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles.  

In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for senior citizens, hospitals and medical facilities, shelters for battered wives and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correctional services, and drug rehabilitation. Under the leadership of General Linda Bond, The Salvation Army ministers in 124 countries worldwide.

Additional historical information can be found on both The Salvation Army's National and International web sites.