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.
Majors Pete & Cathy Costas
Early on in its history, The Salvation Army was set up with a quasi-military structure patterned after the ranks of the British Armed Forces. This structure has contributed to a reputation for discipline and mobility that serves the organization well. The Salvation Army is actually made up of several sub-groups, equally important, and instrumental in accomplishing the mission of spreading the gospel and serving humanity.
Commissioned from one of four Colleges for Officer's Training in the United States, officers are full-time personnel with responsibility for leadership of both the spiritual and social services work of The Salvation Army. Their ranks descend from General (the international leader stationed at International Headquarters in London) down to captain (the rank assigned upon commissioning).
Soldiers are members who maintain their congregational church home at The Salvation Army and have signed a statement of beliefs, pledging to live up to a high code of moral conduct. They usually are employed outside of The Salvation Army in all manner of vocations and careers.
Advisory Board Members
Advisory Board members supply the backbone of public support that sustains The Salvation Army in a local community. Normally comprised of influential business leaders and public officials, this board of volunteers advises The Salvation Army on matters of community priorities and needs. They also serve as ambassadors among the influential-enlisting financial support for the cause. Advisory Councils serve as special program arms of the Advisory Board and are in place for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Pickens County and Oconee County.
Brian Albers, Ginny Beach - Chair, Denny Boll, Lance Byars, Ben Crider**, Heather Esch, Chuck Ford, Matt Good, Angie Gutierrez, Earle T. Harding, Emory Hendrix, Nicky Jackson, Randy Jackson, Robert T. Jones, Melissa Long, Duke McCall, Rachel McConoughey, Aaron Parris, Stephen Perkins, Graham Proffitt, Ruth Rice✦, Frank Richards – Co Vice-Chair, Felicia C. Robbins, Mary Frances Roberts, Kyle Rowan, Jane Shaw – Co Vice-Chair**, Ron Shaw, Dustin Shirah, James Stovall**, John Thomas – Board Secretary, U.J. Thompson
* Notes Emeritus Members | ** Notes Life Members | ✦ Easley, SC Representative