Evangeline Booth

On This Day In History, 1934, Evangeline Booth

In 1934, Evangeline Booth became the first woman and fourth General of The Salvation Army, at age 69.

She was the seventh of eight children born to Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth. The Salvation Army’s work greatly prospered during Evangeline Booth’s leadership from 1934-1939, with Salvation Army activities being commenced in Singapore, Algeria, Egypt, French Equatorial Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, and Penang (Malaya).

Evangeline Booth

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Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of StaffBelow is a letter from our new General announcing the new Salvation Army Chief of Staff Commissioner William Roberts. The Texas Division wishes Commissioners Roberts well and is praying for traveling mercies and the Commissioners’ ministry at their new posts.

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Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Dear Colleagues,

You will understand that within a very short time of accepting my election to the office of General, I began to give serious thought to whom I might ask to work alongside me as the Chief of the Staff.

After several days of prayer, reflection and wide consultation with a number of senior leaders, I have decided to appoint Commissioner William Roberts as Chief of the Staff, effective 1 October 2013. Commissioner Nancy Roberts is appointed as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

Commissioner William Roberts returns to International Headquarters with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the international Army. After initial appointments in corps ministry, he served in divisional finance appointments for a number of years, before being appointed as a divisional secretary in two divisions and then as divisional commander in two divisions. Commissioner Nancy Roberts shared those years of ministry, involving herself also in the leadership of the League of Mercy and the Home League, and as Social Concerns (Moral and Ethical Issues) Secretary.

December 2001 saw Commissioners Roberts move to the southern part of the Americas and Caribbean zone, when they were appointed respectively as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Organizations, South America East Territory. Four years later the commissioners reported for duty at International Headquarters – Commissioner William Roberts as International Secretary for Business Administration and Commissioner Nancy Roberts as IHQ Chaplain and Secretary for IHQ Staff Development. In March 2008 the commissioners became the first territorial leaders of the newly formed Kenya West Territory where their leadership and ministry made a deep impact on salvationists in the western part of Kenya. From there they returned to their native USA as the national leaders.

Commissioner William Roberts is a leader of varied expertise and wide knowledge. As well as having a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Religious Studies, the commissioner has interested himself in minority ministries, cross-cultural ministries, leader development, evangelism and church growth, and social service.

With such a background, and a commendable record of service in North America, South America, Africa and at IHQ, I am confident that the commissioner is more than well prepared for the task to which he is now appointed, as is Commissioner Nancy Roberts who will work alongside Commissioner Silvia Cox in the interests of Women’s Ministries around the world.

Please join me in praying God’s rich blessing upon Commissioners Roberts as they take up their significant leadership roles at the heart of our Army.

God bless you.

Yours sincerely,

André Cox

Salvation Army Today Special Edition Episode for August 5th

Salvation Army Today Special Edition Episode for August 5th

On this Salvation Army Today Special Edition Episode for August 5th, Commissioner André Cox is elected the 20th General of The Salvation Army. The High Council (London Heathrow, UK) made the announcement on Saturday afternoon.

This is important news for The Salvation Army! So important, in fact, that Salvation Army Today produced a Special Edition episode just for the occasion. View the episode below.

SAToday Special Edition Episode for August 5th

SAToday now has its own website where you can view this week’s episode or episodes from weeks past. You can also still view and subscribe on their Youtube channel.

The Salvation Army Elects 20th General, Commissioner André Cox

The Salvation Army Elects 20th General, Commissioner André Cox


The Salvation Army Elects 20th General, Commissioner André Cox

ON what would prove to be the final day of the 2013 High Council members entered the chamber with a sense of anticipation and solemnity, prepared for the sacred task upon which they were about to embark. The chosen song to open the day’s devotions included the prayer ‘Direct, control, suggest this day all I may think, or do or say’ (SASB 665).

The Chaplain, reading from the letter sent by the council at Jerusalem noted that the actions they proposed ‘seemed good to the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 15:28) and arose out of that council’s sense of harmony. The prayer for today’s work – the election of the next General – was that it too would result from the harmony that had been evident all week among the members. At the end of today’s voting, the Chaplain wanted every member to be able to say: it ‘seemed good to the Holy Spirit.’

The voting process was explained and the need for a clear two-thirds majority for a General to be elected from the first round of voting. Without further preamble the Vice-President began to call the names of the 2013 High Council members who, with quiet dignity befitting the sacred task on which they were embarking, left their seats, collected their voting paper and moved to the solitude of the voting booths to cast their vote.

The Salvation Army Elects 20th General, Commissioner André Cox


Commissioner Cox is elected General

In the early afternoon on the sixth day of the 18th High Council, Commissioner André Cox was elected as the 20th General of The Salvation Army. Commissioners André and Silvia Cox knelt together at the mercy seat while the High Council members sang: ‘I would be thy holy temple’. The commissioner then confirmed that he was willing to serve.

These days have been about the work of the High Council, however the President took a few moments to express, on behalf of the Council, thanks to the secretariat – whose work is unseen but vital – and all the non-member support staff.


Watch the Announcement of the 20th General Elected

The above announcement was taken directly from the one made on Saturday from International Headquarters.

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Join with us in prayer for our new General! This list here is a great guide for what to pray for any pastor or spiritual leader. We’re praying for:

  • his spiritual well-being,
  • his emotional health,
  • his family life, and
  • for him to have excellence in ministry.

Congratulations, General Cox! We’ll continue to pray for you as you start this new chapter in your ministry!

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who will be the next Salvation Army general?

The Salvation Army has gathered The High Council to elect a new General for the worldwide organization. The High Council meets for one purpose: to prayerfully choose the next world leader of The Salvation Army. The 2013 High Council consists of 117 members (64 women and 53 men) made up of all the active commissioners and all territorial leaders (some territories are led by colonels), each of whom was summoned by the Chief of the Staff for the sole purpose of electing a new General. Keep them in prayer!

General Linda Bond in India, January 2013

General Linda Bond Is Entering Into Retirement

Below is a letter from the International Chief of The Staff, André Cox

I write to inform you that General Linda Bond is entering into retirement. Following a period of personal reflection and prayer, General Bond has decided that she should relinquish the Office of the General with effect from 13 June 2013. The General’s decision to step down comes after 44 years of ministry.

As is required by our constitution, contained in the Salvation Army Act 1980, the Chief of the Staff will perform the functions of the General pending the election of a new General. The Chief of the Staff will also shortly be calling a High Council to elect the new General. A further announcement regarding that High Council will be made in due course.

General Bond, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, entered the training college in Canada as a cadet in 1967 and was commissioned as an officer two years later. She spent the following nine years in corps appointments, before being appointed first as a member of the training staff at the College for Officer Training in Toronto and then as Territorial Candidates Secretary. She returned to corps ministry, becoming Commanding Officer of the Kitchener Corps, before serving at the College for Officer Training in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as Assistant Training Principal, Divisional Secretary of the Maritime Division and Divisional Commander of the same division.

In 1995 she was appointed to International Headquarters in London as Under Secretary for Personnel. She remained in the United Kingdom, transferring to the UK Territory as Divisional Commander, Central North Division, in 1998. A return to Canada came just over a year later, when she was appointed as Chief Secretary, Canada and Bermuda Territory. In July 2002 she was appointed to the USA Western Territory, where she served as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. She returned to International Headquarters in 2005, as Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations.

In 2008 she became Territorial Commander of the Australia Eastern Territory. She was elected to The Salvation Army’s most senior office in January, 2011.

We pray God’s blessing upon General Linda Bond as she enters retirement.

Yours sincerely,
André Cox


General Bond in India. Visit International Headquarter’s Flickr page to see this photo set of General Bond’s ministry abroad and many others.