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"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."
The goal of The Salvation Army is to 'do the most good' with the resources entrusted to our care, in service to those of all ages, races, creeds and lifestyles. Our service to the poor and needy has been handed down to us by Christ, and we strive each day to be present to those in our community that need physical, financial, emotional and spiritual support.
In Chillicothe, we're striving each day to fulfill this mission to the best of our ability, and we can only do so with the generous support of donors and volunteers. Thank you!
Majors Paul and Kathleen Knickerbocker
The Salvation Army Chillicothe Corps Community Center
171 E 4th St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
In 1865, William Booth spent his days and nights preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute people of London, England. Booth challenged the accepted concept of church, took his preaching to the streets and traveled throughout England conducting evangelistic meetings.
Booth's services were an instant success. He quickly became well known as a religious leader throughout London and attracted followers who were dedicated to fighting for the souls of men and women.
In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, Booth's followers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. At this time, the group was serving under the name "The Christian Mission." The group officially adopted the title of "The Salvation Army" in August of 1878.
The ministry migrated to America in 1885, where The Salvation Army's first meeting took place in Philadelphia. Later that year, in November, the first Salvationists established a presence in Ohio.
The Salvation Army continued to expand its operation throughout the United States. Today, there are more than 7,000 Salvation Army centers and local neighborhood units in the United States.