General of The Salvation Army
|General of The Salvation Army|
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
Elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army by secret ballot
|Term length||Five years, which may be extended up to a maximum of seven years|
But must be under 68 years old
|Inaugural holder||William Booth|
General is the title of the international leader and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Salvation Army, a Christian denomination with extensive charitable social services that gives quasi-military rank to its ministers (who are therefore known as officers). The General is elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army and serves a term of five years, which may be extended to seven years. Brian Peddle, the current General, assumed the position in August 2018 upon the retirement of Andre Cox. The organisation's founder, William Booth, was the first and longest serving general. There have been 21 generals as of 2018.
History and procedures for election
Usage of the term General began with the Founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth. His wife, Catherine Booth, became known as the "Mother" of The Salvation Army. General Booth passed on the command to his eldest son, Bramwell Booth, but all Generals after Bramwell Booth have been elected.
The office of General is not restricted by gender. Evangeline Booth, Booths's daughter, was elected the fourth General of the Army, and Australian Eva Burrows was elected the thirteenth General. On January 31, 2011 Commissioner Linda Bond, a Canadian national, was named General-Elect of The Salvation Army and assumed office on April 2, 2011 following the retirement of General Shaw Clifton.
The Officer of The Salvation Army who is elected General is the worldwide spiritual leader of The Salvation Army and the chief executive officer of the organization. Since The Salvation Army maintains a heriarchical, quasi-military structure, all appointments and regulations are issued under the General's authority. Since the results of the 1929 High Council, and with the passage of The Salvation Army Act in the British Parliament in 1931, a General must "retire" at age 68. As of April 2018[update] there are 5 retired Generals still living.
The General is elected by the High Council when his predecessor is removed by the High Council, retires, or dies (known within the Salvation Army as being promoted to Glory). The High Council is composed of the Chief of the Staff, all active commissioners, except the spouse of the incumbent General, and all territorial commanders.
On January 31, 2011, after 10 days of meetings which began on January 21, 2011, the 17th High Council elected Linda Bond as the 19th General of The Salvation Army. Bond was the third woman to hold the post and the fourth Canadian. This election was handled by the largest High Council in history and was especially significant due to the number of women delegates (57) outnumbering the number of men delegates (52).
On 3 August 2013 the then-Commissioner Andre Cox was elected by the High Council of 2013 as the 20th General of The Salvation Army. The High Council of 2018 selected Brian Peddle as Cox's successor in May 2018; he took office in August 2018. 
The General serves as the Chief executive officer (CEO) of The Salvation Army at the international level, but the organization is divided into many subunits controlled by other individuals. For instance, Commissioner David Hudson, appointed by Cox, serves as the CEO of The Salvation Army of the United States. 
Generals of The Salvation Army
||General||Took office||Left office||Nationality||Born||Died|
|1st||William Booth||1865||1912||10 April 1829||20 August 1912|
|2nd||Bramwell Booth, CH||1912||1929||8 March 1856||16 June 1929|
|3rd||Edward Higgins||1929||1934||26 November 1864||14 December 1947|
|4th||Evangeline Booth, OF||1934||1939||25 December 1865||17 July 1950|
|5th||George Carpenter||1939||1946||20 June 1872||9 April 1948|
|6th||Albert Orsborn||1946||1954||4 September 1886||4 February 1967|
|7th||Wilfred Kitching, CBE||1954||1963||22 August 1893||15 December 1977|
|8th||Frederick Coutts, CBE||1963||1969||21 September 1899||6 February 1986|
|9th||Erik Wickberg||1969||1974||6 July 1904||26 April 1996|
|10th||Clarence Wiseman, OC||1974||1977||19 June 1907||4 May 1985|
|11th||Arnold Brown, OC||1977||1981||13 December 1913||26 June 2002|
|12th||Jarl Wahlström||1981||1986||9 July 1918||3 December 1999|
|13th||Eva Burrows, AC||1986||1993||15 September 1929||20 March 2015|
|14th||Bramwell Tillsley||July 1993||May 1994||18 August 1931|
|15th||Paul Rader||August 1994||July 1999||14 March 1934|
|16th||John Gowans||July 1999||September 2002||13 November 1934||8 December 2012|
|17th||John Larsson||September 2002||April 2006||2 April 1938|
|18th||Shaw Clifton||April 2006||April 2011||21 September 1945|
|19th||Linda Bond||2 April 2011||13 June 2013||22 June 1946|
|20th||Andre Cox||3 August 2013||3 August 2018||12 July 1954|
|21st||Brian Peddle||3 August 2018||Incumbent||9 August 1957|
- Coutts, John (1977). The Salvationists. Oxford, England: A R Mowbray & Co Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 0-264-66071-4.
- "Linda Bond Named General-Elect". New Frontier Online. New Frontier Publications. Retrieved 3 April 2012.