Our Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

A Brief History

In 1865 William Booth, a young minister, left the “Methodist New Connexion” in order to begin a mission in the poverty-ridden London East End. With his wife, Catherine, he “reached for the worst,” rather than cultivate the comfortable middle class.

In 1878, by a fortunate inspiration, the name was changed from the “Christian Mission,” to “The Salvation Army.” Immediately, the movement captured the public imagination. Incorporating paramilitary ranks and uniforms, the movement spread throughout the British Isles. In 1880 the first missionary, George Scott Railton, was sent to New York. With the aid of seven untutored “lassies,” The Salvation Army was soon on its way along the East Coast.