21st Salvation Army General elected


By Major Christine Clement –

The 2018 High Council concluded the day May 24 with its election process, undertaken in silence as a solemn and sacred duty, resulting in the election of Commissioner Brian Peddle as the 21st General of The Salvation Army.

The morning began with the worldwide prayer meeting. Led by Chaplain Commissioner Mark Tillsley (International Headquarters), the five zones into which the international Army is divided administratively became a focus for prayer, naming specific requests where appropriate. Each time the focus changed the members of the zone being lifted up to God were encircled by their fellow council members. These moments of prayer concluded with the chorus “Bless them Now.”

At the beginning of the day’s business, the High Council President (Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, International Headquarters) took a few moments to acknowledge and thank the support staff: translators, IT support, secretarial staff and recorders—a sentiment endorsed by the council with appreciative applause.

As with the answers to the questionnaires on the previous day, the speeches from the four candidates were delivered without interruption and there followed no expression of approval or dissent. The drawing of lots again determined the order in which the candidates gave their speeches, which were received in silence. The council then adjourned.

The Chaplain led the council in singing song 975 from The Song Book of The Salvation Army, “Salvation! O the Joyful Sound!” before Commissioner Devon Haughton (Territorial Commander, Caribbean Territory) read from Acts 7:51-60. Drawing on these verses and directing his thoughts to the candidates, but suggesting they were for all present in the chamber, the Chaplain spoke of the need for holy boldness. In this story of Stephen he noted also the heavenly assurance he received and finally that, despite everything, Stephen continued to have a heartache for humanity. The council joined in the song “To be Like Jesus,” with its emphasis on “His Spirit helping me …” before prayer was offered by Commissioner Yvonne Westrupp (Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.)


  1. Jerry stinson. Major

    May 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  2. HLM

    May 28, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Hope the new General moves the Army back to its roots. Seem to have lost Wm Booths vision. Seems our Leaders today have lost their mission for souls,we had great caring passionate leaders whose focus was people

    • KeepinMyEyesOnThePrize

      May 30, 2018 at 11:44 am

      It is not so much the leaders who have lost the vision, it is the church members themselves. Many have become complacent and self-righteous with an entitled mentality. Leaders have allowed this being afraid to call people to holy living in fear of offending people, loosing congregants and “leaders.”

  3. Dan Boyette

    June 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    America’s Salvation Army has almost completely lost it’s vision for souls! It’s all about collecting monies and giving it away to as many as possible! SA has become a total Social Service organization! When a new officer looks at you states that he/she will not preach from the Book of Revelations for fear of offending, all is lost to the world!

  4. Vinod George

    August 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Very inspiring

  5. Kathy L Vance

    November 17, 2019 at 12:29 am

    What time
    Do you have your
    Thinksgaving ?
    Have Bless Day
    Kathy lVance ❤️

    • Cory Gaudaur

      November 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      Can you please email new.frontier@usw.salvationarmy.org with your city, state and zip code so I can send your message to the correct location?

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