In 1922 emigrants from villages on the north bank of the Zambezi River working in a mica mine near Urungwe were converted. They carried home the message of salvation to their chief, and established meeting places in their villages. Two years later, Commandant Kunzwi Shava and Lieutenant Paul Shumba were appointed to command the new opening. The Zambia Division in the Rhodesia Territory became the Zambia Command in 1966. In 1988, the Malawi Division was transferred from the Zimbabwe Territory to form the new Zambia and Malawi Territory. The Zambia and Malawi Territory became the Zambia Territory on 1 October 2002 when Malawi became an independent region.

The new THQ building and Great North Business Centre heralded a year of celebration. The buildings were dedicated to God in August 2019. Many Salvationists from across the territory attended the celebration and joined a march of witness from the old THQ building to the new location. The event was attended by Commissioners Dorita and John Wainwright (United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland).

During the year, well-attended congresses and ingatherings were held at divisional and territorial level. In October, 24 cadets were commissioned by Colonel Ian Swan (TC).

In March 2020, IFAS went live after IHQ personnel conducted training on the new accounting system. The launch was successful and brought change to the finance systems in the territory.

Through the generous support of IHQ and corporate donors, the territory was able to reach out to communities across the nation to provide food to those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. More importantly, educational training, counselling and the provision of personal protective equipment created a positive link between ministry units, community leaders, government departments and most importantly neighbourhoods. The territory celebrates its staff, officers, teachers, doctors and caregivers who continued to serve on the front line so others could benefit and prosper.

Territorial Leaders

Colonel Ian Swan - Territorial Commander (1 April 2019)

Colonel Wendy Swan - Territorial President for Women's Ministries

Lieut-Colonel Ireen Hachamba - Chief Secretary (1 August 2020)

Lieut-Colonel Beauty Zipingani - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries (1 August 2020)


Territorial Headquarters

685A Cairo Road




Postal Address

PO Box 34352

Lusaka 10101




Officers - 314 (active - 244 retired - 70)

Cadets - 24                 Employees - 598

Corps - 156                 Outposts - 286

Senior Soldiers - 33,806    Adherents - 2,498   Junior Soldiers - 9,593


tel: +(260) 221 238 291/ 228 327

fax: +(260) 221 226 784 


Country included in the territory: Zambia

Languages in which the gospel is preached: Chibemba, Chinyanja, Chitonga, English, Kaonde, Lozi.