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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 Scioto County, 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 Dan and Misty Simco
Majors Simco are the commanding officers for the Portmouth/Scioto County Corps Community Center. Misty was born and raised in Bucyrus (Crawford County) Ohio and has spent many a day with special friends in Portsmouth as a teenager and young adult. She has a special love for children and those in recovery. Dan was born and raised in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA where hunting was the prevalent activity to do. As you can imagine, Scioto County is the perfect spot for a man who loves to be in the woods admiring God's creation. Dan has a particular gift in pastoring and praying. Dan and Misty met at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1991 where they graduated and began both their lives and ministry together. They both want to see Scioto County reached for Jesus with a heart to God and a Hand to man.
The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps
1001 9th St., PO Box 480
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Christiana Minich, Front Office Coordinator
Phone: (740) 353-2400 x101
Major Dan Simco, Corps Officer
Phone: (740) 353-2400 x108
Major Misty Simco, Corps Officer
Phone: (740) 353-2400 x102
Jane Jarrells, Emergency Assistance Provider
Phone: (740) 353-2400 x103
Teresa Dummitt, Family Store Manager
Phone: (740) 529-2200
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. In 1894, The Salvation Army found its way to Portsmouth, Ohio and has been serving Scioto County ever since.
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.