Mission Statement

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.

Hope Joy Warmth Food

Wichita Leadership

Majors Joseph and Lois Wheeler began their assignment as Wichita City Commander and Command Officer for Program development June 24, 2015.

The Wheelers have extensive experience in Salvation Army programming and Administration. Click here to learn more!

History of The Salvation Army in Wichita

Mae Cunningham rode her bicycle from Hutchinson, Kansas to Wichita, Kansas on May 12, 1886. She held the first street meeting in the mud at 116 East Douglas Street. Cowboys yelled at the group as they knelt and prayed. The Wichita Beacon ran an editorial which proclaimed, “The Salvation Army is in Wichita, and Hell is everywhere.”

Mae Cunningham


Two Salvation Army Boys 


The early years of The Salvation Army were difficult. During one incident, an entire group at an open air meeting convened by The Salvation Army was arrested and taken to jail for disturbing the peace. Upon being released, the group was joined by Carrie Nation, the famous abolitionist, and they held another meeting in front of the Eaton Hotel on Douglas Street. The arresting officer wanted no part of the 6’2”, 190-pound woman and left The Army alone.

The Wichita Salvation Army 2nd Corps band as it was in 1925. The Salvation Army was noted for allowing women and men to play together in a band.

World War one


Booth Memorial Hospital, founded in 1927, served thousands of children in Wichita and the surrounding area. It began as a maternity home for young women in need. As society’s needs changed, so did the mission of the Booth Hospital.


2017-2018 Advisory Board Members

Kara Hunt

Tom Butz
*Vice Chairperson*

Paul Allen
Clay Bastian
Al Buch
Tonya Buckingham
Dr. Amy Carey
Bill Cozine
Jessica Dean
Dennis Dietz
Ray Dorsett
Craig Duerksen
Bill Gardner
Bruce Gilkeson
Richard Hartwell
Jeri Hinkle
Dr. Elizabeth King
Walter Lewis
Steve Lombardo
Dr. Paul Longhofer
Gene Lygrisse
Rosemary Niedens
Tim Norton
Kiron Patterson
Sylvia Penner
Karl Peterjohn
Susan Peters
Rodney Pitts
Susan Pool
Ron Rabe
Cecil Riney
David Rogers
Jessica Schremmer
Ben Scriven
Trent Sebits
Eric Strickler
Jennifer Szambecki
Roger Turner
David White
Dr. Tim Witsman

Emeritus Members
Bob Houston
Bob Moore

Life Members
Martha Buford
Elizabeth Koch
Milford Peterson

Young Professionals Board

Brenda Gutierrez

Bradley Warzeka
*Vice Chairperson*

Eric Arnold
Ben Chambers
Ashleigh Gomez
Dustin Hicks
Adrian Moody
Tiffany Pyles
Tiffany Sharp
Neal Sonneman
Erica Tsimonjela
Brent Wilson

Donna Niles