Mission & History

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.

 

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History & Structure

 The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London, England by William Booth. With the military spirit of a professional soldier, Booth battled the enemies of sin and despair. He sought to meet basic human needs and to minister to those in England not welcome at the mainstream churches of the time; the poor, the homeless, the hungry; criminals, prostitutes, gamblers and alcoholics.

The movement made its way to the United States in 1880. Today, the United States is divided into four territories each with its own commander. Within each territory are individual units designed to respond to the conditions and needs of the communities they serve. The Army continues to make an impact worldwide with religious and social service activities reaching millions of men, women and children in more than 120 nations.

 Operations of The Salvation Army are supervised by trained, commissioned officers that have dedicated their lives to ministry and service. Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers and provide leadership to both the church and the social service programs of their corps units.

The Cedar Rapids Salvation Army opened its doors in 1888 in what is now recognized as Czech village.  The Army built a new facility in 1974 relocating operations to the current site at 1000 C Avenue NW.  More than 50 sets of officers have served in Linn County over the past 120 years. 

The current officers, Major Paul and Barb Logan, joined the Cedar Rapids Corps in July of 2013.  Officers on average serve in a post for 2 - 5 years.


For more history and research information click the link below.  International Heritage Centre
 
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