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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

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!

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China Following 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

A disaster assessment Team has been dispatched by The Salvation Army to Dingxi City in the Gansu Province of China following an earthquake which struck in the morning of 23 July. The tremors had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, causing significant damage to infrastructure and leaving many people homeless. State media reports that at least 75 people were killed and 450 injured, with scores still unaccounted for.

Meeting local officials on arrival, the team from The Salvation Army’s Hong Kong and Macau Command were escorted directly to one of the worst-affected areas – the Ma Jia Ko village of Mai Chun township. The immediate response included a comprehensive needs assessment for the survivors and a visit to patients in a local hospital who had been injured by the quake.

The team, led by Envoy Simon Wong and Major Tony Ma, distributed instant noodles and preserved vegetables to community members most seriously affected by the destruction. Pastoral support was also given to families who had been bereaved.

After a full evaluation of the longer-term requirements, the team will return to Hong Kong next week and submit a proposal to the government for funding to assist the survivors in the next phase of recovery.

More photos found here.