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At The Salvation Army, We Are Dedicated to Doing The Most Good

Our Core Values


Passionate

We have two agendas: to meet
human need without discrimination and to
preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Compassionate

Our doors are open 365 days a year.


Uplifting

We serve the most vulnerable in
Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll County in Northwest Arkansas.


Brave

We are willing to go where others won't to
Do The Most Good.


Trustworthy

We’ve been pursuing our mission since 1865.

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Advisory Board

Chair

Vice Chair

Treasurer

Secretary

Tom McDonald

Tim Ward

Libby McElroy

Eric Sizemore

 

Salvation Army History

Founding The Salvation Army, 1865

The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

William Booth held a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became an instant success.  His renown as a religious leader spread throughout London, and he attracted followers who were dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.

Thieves, prostitutes and, gamblers were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance, but soon realized that the poor were not welcome in the pews of most churches and chapels of Victorian England. Regular churchgoers were appalled when these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship.

Booth decided to found a church especially for them – the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly, so William and his wife Catherine expanded their services within the community. They advocated that their mission should be “Soup, Soap, and Salvation,” then took their mission directly to the streets, helping to feed the hungry, rehabilitate alcoholics and fight teenage prostitution – all while offering spiritual guidance.

In 1878, after reading a printer’s proof of The Salvation Army’s Annual Report, William Booth noticed the statement, “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Booth crossed out the words “Volunteer Army” and wrote in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

From that point, William Booth became the General and converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They preached throughout the British Isles, in some cases facing real battles as organized gangs mocked and attacked them. In spite of violence and persecution, some 250,000 people were converted under the ministry of The Salvation Army between 1881 and 1885.

The Salvation Army movement expanded rapidly to the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and local neighborhood units. Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and has evolved over the decades into a social service provider with an unmatched scope and breadth with a mission to meet human needs without discrimination.

 

The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas

The Salvation Army was present in Arkansas as early as 1895, according to Salvation Army documentation. A document dated April of 1895 shares about the first Salvation Army Corps (or church) that began in Fayetteville.

The Southern Territory of the Salvation Army was created in 1927 and joined by Arkansas in 1966, forming the Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) division with headquarters located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Today, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is made up of three Corps (churches) located in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. In addition, we provide social services for four counties, operate two Housing-Focused Shelters and three family thrift stores. Proceeds from these stores along with donations from many supporters allow us to care for the needs of people in Northwest Arkansas on a daily basis.

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