The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Our message is based on the Bible. Our ministry is motivated by the love of God. Our mission is to “Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name, without discrimination.”
We were founded in London, England in 1865, by Methodist minister William Booth, who left the church to preach as an independent evangelist in the slums of London’s East End.
Booth organized The Salvation Army church by military rank. Missions or churches became “corps,” members became “soldiers,” ministers became “Officers,” and Booth was its first “General.”
In 1880 The Salvation Army was established in New York City and in 1885 The Salvation Army began helping those in need in Central Virginia.
Since then, our Area Command has grown and now offers numerous programs to those who need us most in Central Virginia, including; the Adult Rehabilitation Center, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Christmas Assistance programs, Centers for Worship and Service, Emergency Shelters, Family Services and Volunteer Outreach.