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Who We Are

The Salvation Army is dedicated to Doing The Most Good

What We Do

Our Mission

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 Impact

Today, The Salvation Army Indiana Division is active in every zip code in the state, offering the message of God’s healing and hope to all. Each year, we provide nearly 3 million services to Hoosiers in need.

The History of The Salvation Army

Soon after beginning his ministerial career in England in 1852, William Booth abandoned the concept of the traditional church pulpit in favor of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ directly to the people. Walking the streets of London, he preached to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.

When fellow clergymen disagreed with Booth’s unconventional approach, he and his wife Catherine withdrew from the church to train evangelists throughout England. The couple returned to the East End of London in 1865, where many followers joined their fight for the souls of lost men and women. Within 10 years, their organization, operating under the name The Christian Mission, had over 1,000 volunteers and evangelists.

Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among their first converts to Christianity. And soon, those converts were also preaching and singing in the streets as living testimonies to the power of God.

When Booth read a printer's proof of the 1878 Christian Mission annual report, he noticed the statement, "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

From that point onward, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles that, in spite of violence and persecution, converted 250,000 Christians between 1881 and 1885. Their message spread rapidly, gaining a foothold in America and soon after Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Germany.

Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and serves in 133 countries, offering the message of God’s healing and hope to all those in need.

Major Marc Johnson, Divisional Commander

Major Karen Johnson, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries / Officer Development Secretary

Major Malinda L. O'Neil, General Secretary

Major Matthew T. O'Neil, Divisional Secretary for Business

Captain Sarah Eddy, Divisional Youth Secretary / Divisional Candidates Secretary

Major Mike McKeeDivisional Disaster Services Director

Major Malinda L. O'Neil, Divisional Secretary for Indianapolis Area Command

Major Christopher Marques, Divisional Secretary for the Northwest Indiana Area Command

Jo Ann Remender, Divisional Director of Development (317) 224-1008

Duke Haddad, Associate Director of Development / Capital Campaign / Corporate Relations (317) 224-1029

Delana Bradbury, Administrative Assistant / Memorial and Honor Gift Coordinator / Matching Gift Coordinator (317) 224-1012

Gail Rothrock, Divisional Grants and Research Manager (317) 224-1047

Gillian Gray, Assistant Grants and Research Director (317) 937-7012

Rob Stiles, Senior Donor Relations Director (317) 224-1027

Andy Amick, Donor Relations Director (317) 224-1024

Amanda Eck, Donor Relations Associate and Stock Coordinator (317) 224-1026

Christi Thieme, Divisional Director of Gift & Estate Planning (317) 224-1039

John Heintz, Gift & Estate Planning Representative (317) 224-1022

Joe MackoGift and Estate Planning Director (317) 224-1019

Allison Ambrosia-BrownDirector of Stewardship (317)-224-1004

Samantha Hyde, Director of Community Relations office: (317) 224-2000 cell: ( 317) 750-2406

Aubrey Flores, Communications Manager office: (317) 224-1037 

Megan Cox, Digital Media Specialist office: (317) 224-1054

Dena Simpson, Divisional Social Services Director (317) 937-7022

Derond Scott, Compliance and Research Specialist (317) 567-5028

April Mitchell, Pathway of Hope Regional Coordinator for Northern Indiana

Wendy Haag, Pathway of Hope Regional Coordinator for Southern Indiana

Denise Ruth, Divisional Social Services Administrative Assistant (317) 224-1006

Billie Kay, Service Extension Director (317) 224-1055

Danielle Lange, Service Extension Assistant (317) 567-5032