In 1896 three Salvationists went to Kenya to work on the building of a new railway and made their witness while based at the Taru Camp. The first official meetings were held in Nairobi in April 1921, led by Lieut-Colonel and Mrs James Allister Smith. The first cadets were trained in 1923. On 1 March 2008, the Kenya Territory was divided into two and the Kenya East Territory and Kenya West Territory were created.


When the former Territorial Commander Commissioner Henry Nyagah travelled to Addis Ababa to receive the official certificate of registration for The Salvation Army in Ethiopia, a group of around 25 people witnessed local Salvationist Tesfaye Wolde hand over the document, paving the way for the official opening of the work there. Also in the meeting were three people from Eritrea who expressed interest in learning more about The Salvation Army after hearing about the registration from friends in Ethiopia.

The pioneers in Ethiopia, Yohannes Esayes Gange and Tesfaye Wolde Ochofe, heard about the movement via social media and learned more about the Internet. After an initial visit by officers from Kenya East in 2013, both men were eventually enrolled as seniors soldiers in 2014, having also undertaken intensive training in the doctrines, values and work of The Salvation Army. After being invited to attend the Boundless international congress in 2015, Tesfaye and Yohannes were so inspired that they sought permission to officially register The Salvation Army in Ethiopia. With the assistance of THQ staff in Nairobi, the application was made in late 2015. Many challenges were overcome before the registration was finally approved by the government of Ethiopia in June 2018.

The official meeting of recognition started with vibrant Ethiopian choruses, and after receiving the certificate to great applause and cheering, the former TC spoke about the opportunities that lie ahead. He handed over a range of materials which included Bibles, One Army teaching resources and a range of Salvation Army literature. 

At precisely 10am local time on 2 July 2018, the territory became the first to implement and go live with IHQ's new International Financial and Accounting Standards (IFAS) in a ceremony led by General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (WPWM) and witnessed by the territorial leaders and implementing staff from IHQ and THQ.

Earlier from 31 July to 3 August 2017, a time of great empowerment was experienced by the more than 600 delegates who attended territorial officers councils in Nakuru. On 11-13 September there was a five and fifteen year review respectively for officers of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection and Believers Sessions, with 20 officers promoted to the rank of captain and 11 to major.


Territorial Leaders

Commissioner Margaret Siamoya - Territorial Commander (1 April 2019)

Lieut-Conel Simon Mbuthu - Chief Secretary (1 April 2019)

Lieut-Colonel Zipporah Mbuthu - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries


Territorial Headquarters

Marist Avenue




Postal address

PO Box 24927 

Karen 00502





Officers - 729 (active - 664 retired - 65)

Envoys - 150                              Cadets - 51

Employees - 102                        Corps - 547

Outposts - 287

Senior Soliders - 92,997            Adherents - 606         Junior Soliders - 61,033


Tel: +254 020 240 3260



Countries included in the territory: Kenya,

Languages in which the gospel is preached: English, Kiswahili and a number of tribal languages