The Salvation Army began operations in Malawi on 13 November 1967 and was granted official government recognition on 2 October 1973. The Malawi Division was part of the Zimbabwe Territory until 1988, when it was integrated into the Zambia Command, which was given territorial status and became known as the Zambia and Malawi Territory. The Army’s work in Malawi has grown and developed and on 1 October 2002 it became a separate region. Further growth and expansion of the work in Malawi resulted in the region being elevated to command status of 1 February 2004. The Malawi Command was elevated to territorial status on 1 March 2011.


The Malawi territory is making progress in many areas. The recent creation of new divisions and districts has resulted in more meetings, soldier enrolments and new centres opening. More Bible studies and prayer meetings took place, and local officers received training. The Women's Ministries department held training and seminars for leaders and home league members. Fund raising has allowed us to reach out to communities, with plans for further initiatives. 

The youth ministry team works hard to yield results. The department held several rallies where young people received teaching and had a time to be heard. The territorial youth secretary and assistant attended the International Youth Leaders Conference in the UK in August 2019.

Officer's quarters and halls have been built, but many officers remain in rented accommodation. The territory continues to pray for the relocation of THQ from Blantyre to Lilongwe. 

Community projects had a great impact, providing food to the hungry and displaced, clean water, training on farming best practice and distributing seeds and farming resources, assisting child dropouts to return to education and rescuing victims of human trafficking by providing shelter.

The territory has persevered despite this year's challenges. The arrival of COVID-19 affected territorial plans as well as church attendance, giving, tithing, weekly meetings, and rallies. Unfortunately, the cadets were also sent home. 

Salvationists continue in the spirit of the territory, not allowing the situation to discourage them. Soldiers are still meeting in places of worship as the government has not restricted it. Although many soldiers have lost their jobs or had their businesses affected by coronavirus, they continue to contribute to the Helping Hand and Self-Denial appeals. We live in hope for a better tomorrow.  

Territorial Leaders

Colonel Alfred Banda - Territorial Commander (1 June 2020)

Colonel Pamela Banda - Territorial President for Women's Ministries

Lieut-Colonel Samuel Baah - Chief Secretary (1 July 2020)

Lieut-Colonel Theresa Baah - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries


Territorial Headquarters

PO Box 51140,





Officers - 137 (active - 125  retired - 12) 

Cadets - 10            Envoys - 4                   Employees - 44

Corps - 100                    Outposts - 88

Senior Soldiers - 10,711    Adherents - 29   Junior Soldiers - 3,347



Country included in the command: Malawi

Languages in which the gospel is preached: Chichewa, English, Lomwe, Sena, Tumbuka