Linda Bond

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Linda Bond
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19th General of The Salvation Army
In office
2 April 2011 – 13 June 2013
Preceded by Shaw Clifton
Succeeded by Andre Cox
Personal details
Born (1946-06-22) 22 June 1946 (age 72)
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Nationality Canadian

Linda Bond (born 22 June 1946) was the 19th General of the Salvation Army. She was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1]

After international service and various promotions, she held the post of territorial commander of the Australian Eastern Territory from 2008. On 31 January 2011, Bond was elected by the High Council to be the next General of the Salvation Army and assumed office on 2 April 2011. She was the third woman and fourth Canadian to be elected General of the Salvation Army. General Evangeline Booth (1934–1939) and General Eva Burrows (1986–1993) were the two previous female Generals of The Salvation Army.[2][3] In late 2012, she received an honorary degree from Tyndale University College and Seminary.[4] On 13 June 2013 she unexpectedly announced her retirement with immediate effect.[5]

Work in The Salvation Army[edit]

Bond was commanding officer of the Kitchener corps, before serving at the college for officer training in St John's, Newfoundland, as assistant training principal, divisional secretary of the Maritime division and divisional commander of the same division.

In 1995 she was appointed to international headquarters in London as under secretary for personnel. She remained in the United Kingdom, transferring to the UK territory as divisional commander, Central North division, in 1998. A return to Canada came just over a year later, when she was appointed as chief secretary, Canada and Bermuda territory.

In July 2002 she was appointed to the USA Western territory, where she served as territorial commander and territorial president of women’s ministries.

In August 2004, Bond submitted her resignation from Army officership for personal reasons. General John Larsson accepted her resignation with regret and acknowledged her outstanding contributions during her officership.[6]

In 2008 she became territorial commander of the Australia Eastern territory. She was elected to The Salvation Army’s most senior office, General, in January 2011 and assumed the office on 2 April 2011. Bond held the Office of General until her unexpected and immediate retirement on 13 June 2013.[5]


Appointment Territory Start Date
Corps Canada and Bermuda Territory June 1969
Training Canada and Bermuda Territory June 1978
Territorial Headquarters Canada and Bermuda Territory August 1982
Corps Canada and Bermuda Territory February 1987
Training Canada and Bermuda Territory October 1989
Divisional Headquarters Canada and Bermuda Territory July 1991
Divisional Commander Canada and Bermuda Territory July 1993
Under Secretary for Personnel International Headquarters July 1995
Divisional Commander United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland August 1998
Chief Secretary Canada and Bermuda Territory November 1999
Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries USA Western Territory July 2002
Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations International Headquarters July 2005
Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries Australia Eastern Territory July 2008
General International Headquarters April 2011 - June 2013


After holding the Office of the General of The Salvation Army for more than two years and two months, Bond unexpectedly announced her retirement on 13 June 2013. Bond was an active Salvation Army officer for 44 years.

The High Council of The Salvation Army convened on 29 July 2013 to elect a new General, with André Cox being elected as the 20th General of The Salvation Army. As of 2016, she is one of five surviving Generals.


  1. ^ "The Salvation Army International - The High Council 2011". Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ Read, Don (March 2012). "From the Director's Notebook" (PDF). Salvation Army. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Linda Bond". SAWiki. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. ^ "General Linda Bond receives Honorary Doctorate this Fall". Tyndale University College and Seminary. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
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Preceded by
Shaw Clifton
General of The Salvation Army
Succeeded by
André Cox