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

Who we Are

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 meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 



Marquette County History

The Salvation Army began its work in Ishpeming in 1889 and opened in Marquette in 1893. For a brief time in the early 1900's we also operated a facility in Negaunee. Our worship meetings were originally done in both English and Swedish. 

The Salvation Army's home in Ishpeming was at Third and Cleveland for 75 years until an oil heater exploded on February 16, 1964 and was destroyed. We moved to our current location in 1966 and expanded the building in 2000 with offices, a gym, an elevator, and a new entrance. 

In Marquette, The Salvation Army moved multiple times in the downtown area, and then in 1951 located at Third and Bluff, with a thrift store that was opened on Washington Avenue. These facilities were co-located to our current facility in 1998.

The Marquette and Ishpeming locations operated independently until 2018, when the units were combined for operational efficiency and increased services to the communities. 

The Salvation Army History

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by a Methodist street preacher named William Booth. He worked with people in the slums of East London. In 1880, The Salvation Army began work in the United States and in a few short years, the ministry of The Salvation Army spread across the country, reaching the streets of Marquette in 1889. During World War II, The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces...and led in the formation of the USO. Since World War II, the Army has continued its own worldwide program. Today The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, motivated by its faith in God and its love for all people. The Salvation Army is now serving 'the least of these' in 131 countries.


Our Local Leadership

Auxiliary Captain Marie Lewis came to The Salvation Army as a volunteer in 2014.  Marie grew up in southeast WI in a Christian home and came to accept Christ as Savior at age 6.  She has two adult daughters that live in Wisconsin.  She had followed a career in Dental Hygiene for 29 years before she had the call from God to serve in ministry in 2016.  She was appointed as the Corps Administrator (pastor) in Kenosha, WI and became an Auxiliary Captain in 2018. Now God has called upon her again and she was appointed to the Marquette County corps in July 2021.

A/Captain Marie Lewis - 

Miles Bagley - Business Manager, Marquette & Escanaba locations -

Cari Detmers - Director of Development, Marquette location -, 906-226-2241 

Allison LeSage - Case Manager, Marquette location -, 906-226-2241

Liz Nevala - Case Manager, Ishpeming location -, 906-486-8121

Beverly - Administrative Assistant -, 906-226-2241


Advisory board 

The Marquette County Salvation Army advisory board consists of a wide spectrum of hard-working men and women who share in the vision to transform and restore lives in the county of Marquette and beyond.



Marquette location


1009 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Ishpeming location


222 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849


Follow us on Social Media

Church and Social Services Facebook page - @SAMarquetteCoMI

The Family Store Facebook page - @TheSalvationArmyThriftStoreMarquette