World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Salvation Army U.S.A. Western Territory

Article Id: WHEBN0003721916
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Salvation Army U.S.A. Western Territory  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Salvationism in the United States, The Salvation Army, Christianity in the United States, Social welfare charities based in the United States, List of museums in Los Angeles County, California
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The Salvation Army U.S.A. Western Territory

The Salvation Army U.S.A. Western Territory is an administrative unit of The Salvation Army that serves the thirteen Western United States, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Guam. The territory is one of four Salvation Army Territories within the United States of America. The Western Territorial Headquarters is located in Long Beach, California, and is currently under the leadership of Commissioner James Knaggs. The territory is divided geographically into 10 divisions, each headed by a divisional commander.

In addition to mobile programs such as disaster relief, and homeless soup lines, the Salvation Army U.S.A. Western Territory currently operates hundreds of permanent facilities including 307 Corps community centers, 31 Adult Rehabilitation Centers, 13 summer camps, 36 Silvercrest Residences, and 6 adult day care centers. The territory runs its own accredited, two-year college in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The Salvation Army College for Officer Training is dedicated to the education of those individuals who desire to become full time leaders or officers in the Army's ranks. The Salvation Army Museum of the West is a Salvation Army history museum and archive, operated by the territory. The territory also publishes a weekly newspaper, The New Frontier, and a quarterly social-services magazine, Caring.


  • Origins 1
  • Western Territorial Commanders 2
  • Divisions of the Western Territory 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • Sources 6


The roots of the Western Territory date back to the Summer of 1882. At this time there was no Salvation Army presence in the Western United States, the movement only having reached the United States two years earlier on March 10, 1880. However, a group of Bay Area "holiness men," having been impressed by a copy of the Army's London based

Over the course of the next year the group held services, formed a small brass band, and even published five issues of their own War Cry magazine, all the while petitioning the Salvation Army's founder and international leader William Booth to send them a real Salvation Army officer. Booth eventually agreed, and in 1883 Major Alfred Wells, and Major Henry Stillwell were sent to begin the Army's work in San Francisco. Major Wells opened the Army's first building in the West, San Francisco Citadel #1, on July 21, 1883.

Originally, the Western United States was classified as the Pacific Coast Division, but in 1921 was given territorial status. The West's first territorial commander was Lt. Commissioner Adam Gifford.

Western Territorial Commanders

  • 1920 -- Lt. Commissioner Adam Gifford
  • 1932 -- Lt. Commissioner Benjamine Orames
  • 1940 -- Lt. Commissioner Donald McMillan
  • 1944 -- Lt. Commissioner William Barrett
  • 1948 -- Lt. Commissioner Claude Bates
  • 1952 -- Lt. Commissioner Claude Bates
  • 1953 -- Lt. Commissioner Holland French
  • 1957 -- Lt. Commissioner Samuel Hepburn
  • 1961 -- Commissioner Samuel Hepburn
  • 1962 -- Lt. Commissioner Glen Ryan
  • 1966 -- Lt. Commissioner William J. Parkins
  • 1971 -- Commissioner Paul S. Kaiser
  • 1974 -- Commissioner Richard E. Holz
  • 1980 -- Commissioner Lawrence R. Smith
  • 1982 -- Commissioner William Pratt
  • 1984 -- Commissioner Willard S. Evans
  • 1989 -- Commissioner Paul A. Rader
  • 1994 -- Commissioner Peter H. Chang
  • 1997 -- Commissioner David Edwards
  • 2002 -- Commissioner Linda Bond
  • 2004 Interim -- Commissioner Bill Luttrell
  • 2005 -- Commissioner Philip Swyers
  • 2010 -- Commissioner James Knaggs

Divisions of the Western Territory

  1. Alaska Division
  2. Cascade Division
  3. Del Oro Division
  4. Golden State Division
  5. Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division
  6. Intermountain Division
  7. Northwest Division
  8. Sierra Del Mar Division
  9. Southern California Division
  10. Southwest Division

See also

External links

  • The Salvation Army USA Western Territory Website
  • The Salvation Army USA Southern California Divisional Website
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Salvation Army Community
  • SAGALA - Salvation Army Guards and Legions Association
  • Salvation Army Museum Basel, Switzerland
  • Salvation Army International Heritage Centre


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.