Salvation Army work in Angola was officially established in 1985. Having been part of the Congo (Kinshasa) and Angola Territory, it became a separate command on 1 March 2008. 

In 1974, two officers originally from Angola but trained and served in Congo (Kinshasa) entered Angola by Uige Province to commence Salvation Army meetings in that part of the country. In 1978, other Salvationists from Kinshasa met in Angola's capital, Luanda, and `opened fire'. The Salvation Army was officially recognised by the Angola Government on 14 February 1992. 


Despite government regulations limiting the functions and expansion of churches, Salvationists felt assured of God's presence and were motivated and determined to move forward with the mission of The Salvation Army. Their dedication was evident in the command's 2020 theme, based on John 2:17: 'The Zeal for Your House has Consumed Me.'

The promotion of Luanda 2 District to a division - making it the second division in the command - brought much joy and celebration, as did the commissioning of eight cadets from the Messengers of the Kingdom Session.

The implementation of the 2018-2022 strategic plan was reviewed at an executive conference, attended by section officers, divisional commanders, and head of departments from command headquarters. Key hindrances were addressed, and alternative solutions identified.

In the south of the country, the command assisted in the humanitarian response to the severe drought and provided food assistance to 5,000 people in Virei, Namibe Province, using funds from International Emergency Services. In early 2020, the impact of the coronavirus led to a focus on online pastoral ministry and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Command Leaders

Lieut-Colonel Graçia Matondo - Officer Commanding (1 November 2017)

Lieut-Colonel Lydia Matondo - Command President of Women's Ministries

Major Sérgio Nsumbu - General Secretary (1 October 2020)

Major Ana Nsumbu - Command Secretary of Women's Ministries


Command Headquarters

Igreja Exército de Salvação,

Rua Olympia Macueira,

Comuna de Palanca,




Postal address

Caixa Postal 1656-C,





Officers - 67 (active - 54 retired - 13)       Auxillary Captains - 4

Employees - 13          Cadets - 9

Corps - 32                 Outposts and Societies - 3

Senior Soldiers - 4,195    Adherents - 152   Junior Soldiers - 910


Tel: + (244) 928 570 867/ 938 417 805

Angola Command Email Address:


Countries included in the command: Angola

Languages in which the gospel is preached: Humbundu, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Lingala, Chokwe, Ngangela, Portuguese