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We Are an Organization Dedicated to Doing the Most Good in your community.

Who we Are

The Salvation Army's Heartland Division is located in Peoria Illinois. It is home to 24 Worship and Community Centers (Corps), more than 230 service extension units, a camp, as well as multiple homeless shelters, thrift stores and food pantries. Service extension units are branches of The Salvation Army in communities where Corps are not located but service is provided by committees of volunteers. 


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.

Our Local Leadership - Major Kelly & Jesse Collins

Meet The Collins Family

The Collins were commissioned in the Proclaimers of the Gospel Session in June, 1986.  They have had three Corps appointments: Marshalltown, Iowa; St. Paul (Citadel), Minnesota; and Royal Oak, Michigan.  They were Divisional Youth Leaders in Heartland and Eastern Michigan Division and served on Midland Divisional Headquarters and Wisconsin Upper Michigan Headquarters.  They have also served twice on the staff of the College for Officer Training in Chicago.  They are currently the divisional leaders in the Heartland Division of The Salvation Army in Peoria, IL.

Having been married for thirty-six years, the Collins’ have two married children, both of whom are Salvation Army officers: Jared and Tonia (along with their daughters, Emily, Aliyah, Zoe, and Evangeline) were commissioned in 2013, and Erin and Michael (along with son Eli and daughters Lydia and Susanna) were commission in June of 2014.

Major Jesse is the Tri-County Coordinator in Peoria, IL as well as the Administrator for Eagle Crest Camp.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Counseling at Olivet Nazarene University.  He enjoys wood-working, a variety of crafts and has a passion for ice cream. 

Major Kelly is the Divisional Commander.  She has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts in Christian Formation from Northpark Theological Seminary. She attended the International College for Officers in 2011. 

She enjoys reading, quilting, music and walking, but she is most passionate about prayer, Bible study, and Spiritual Disciplines and teaching others to find these same passions.

How Salvation Army leadership works

  • The General, with the International headquarters in London, is the international leader of The Salvation Army.
  • In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the National Commander, whose office is at the National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California.
  • Each territory is under the leadership of a territorial commander.
  • Territories are made up of units known as divisions (there are 40 in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander).
  • Divisions consist of corps centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs.
  • Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer.

Get in Touch

The Salvation Army Heartland Division 
401 NE Adams Street
Peoria IL 61603
(309) 655 - 7220


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