Canadian Salvation Army officers, General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, begin their service as the international leaders of The Salvation Army

Canadian Becomes Salvation Army World Leader

On August 3, 2018, Canadian Salvation Army officers, General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, begin their service as the international leaders of The Salvation Army following the retirement of General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, World President of Women’s Ministries.

As General and World President of Women’s Ministries, the Peddles will be based out of The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London, England.

With roots in Newfoundland, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle attended The Salvation Army’s Training College in St. John’s and was commissioned as an officer in 1976. General Brian Peddle was commissioned the following year. The couple began their ministry together after their marriage in 1978 and, for almost four decades, the Peddles have taken on numerous roles in Canada and internationally.

“What excites me is the ongoing reality that people are engaged in mission, and the vibrant activity of the Army continues … the gospel is being preached, suffering humanity is being served, strategies are being planned, schools opening for children, a mobile clinic rolls into a needy community, or a meal is served,” says General Peddle.

“The Army is well and it has the ability to move forward and continue to discover and claim our place in the world.”

General Peddle is the 21st General of The Salvation Army and fifth Canadian to hold the organization’s highest office.

The General and Commissioner Peddle have two daughters, Stephanie and Krista. Stephanie and her husband, Adam, are actively involved in the Sauble Christian Fellowship Community Church in Ontario. Krista and her husband, Tim, are Salvation Army officers, currently serving in Australia. The General and Commissioner Peddle are delighted to have five grandchildren.

The IHQ welcome to the new international leaders will take place on Monday 6 August, and the public welcome – which will be live-streamed – will be held at William Booth College, London, on 23 September.

Salvationists and friends around the world are asked to support their leaders in prayer now and in the coming days.

Click here to read an in-depth interview with General Peddle following his election to the position in May.

Click here to read a detailed career history for General Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle.