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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 Superior in 1897.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 over 127 countries.
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.
Captains Jasen and Kimberly Elcombe
Captain Jasen Elcombe is originally from Duluth, MN. He grew up in a Christian family and attended a Lutheran church most of his life. After meeting his wife the two started attending The Salvation Army in Duluth and helped to start a praise band at the corps there. A couple years later he accepted the call from God into full-time ministry within The Salvation Army.
“I love how welcoming The Salvation Army is and I love that they help people outside of the church walls,” says Captain Jasen. This is a big part of why he is an officer today. It’s all about helping others and sharing the love of Jesus.
Captain Kimberly Elcombe grew up attending many different churches but always had The Salvation Army in the summers when she visited her grandparents who were retired Salvation Army officers. She always felt that God had a plan for her in ministry and after getting married to Captain Jasen she felt the call to officership. After a few years of marriage, Captain Jasen felt the call and they went into full-time ministry in The Salvation Army. Captain Kimberly has always had compassion for others and God has truly gifted her with a kind and loving heart. For this reason, she has always loved the old Salvation Army slogan, “Heart To God, Hand To Man.”