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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.
Serving the Detroit area since 1887, the Eastern Michigan Division of the Salvation Army remains steadfast in our dedication to supporting those in need across our region.
The Salvation Army landed in the United States in 1880 and began serving Detroit in 1887. However, the earliest soldiers of the Army had faced opposition in Detroit. Their concern for the poor challenged the norm and shed light on social ills that others preferred to pretend did not exist. Not long after the first Salvationists assembled in the city, the local government passed the Campus Ordinance, proclaiming, "No man may make a speech or blow a horn or beat a drum within one half-mile of city hall." As much of the Army's early work depended on street meetings designed to attract people in need of aid, the ruling was a major setback. Colonel Blanche Cox, commander of The Salvation Army in Detroit, challenged the ordinance. Over a period of months, she was arrested and brought before the court 12 times. She spent months in jail for disturbing the peace, but even as she did, a public outcry grew in her defense. Soon, The Detroit News, led by its founder, James H. Scripps, made The Salvation Army a front page issue. With support from community leaders, the law was repealed and The Salvation Army earned its right to serve those in need.
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Lieutenant Colonels John and Theresa Turner
Lt. Colonels John and Theresa Turner were commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers in 1988 with the Messenger of Joy Session. They have held appointments as Corps Officer in Niles, Michigan; Chicago (Belmont-Lakeview), Illinois; and Champaign, Illinois. They have held administrative appointments at Divisional Headquarters in Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis and Detroit. Lt. Colonel John Turner was the Divisional Commander in the Indiana Division and Lt. Colonel Theresa Turner was the Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries just prior to returning to the Eastern Michigan Division in 2014. They both hold a degree in Practical Ministries.
Prior to officership in The Salvation Army, Lt. Colonel John Turner was a self-employed private contractor in St. Louis, Missouri, and Lt. Colonel Theresa Turner was Executive Secretary at Fisher Scientific, also in St. Louis. They both grew up in The Salvation Army Church where they met and married. They have two grown children. Their daughter, Dawn Bennett, resides in Rochester, Michigan, with her husband, Dr. William Bennett, and two children, Turner and Piper. Their son, Joshua Turner, resides in Elmhurst, Illinois, with his wife Helena and their two children, Declan and Grace. Joshua is the Territorial Contemporary Music Specialist for The Salvation Army’s Central Territory and Helena is a stay-at-home mom.
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
16130 Northland Drive
Southfield, MI 48075