ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY                  

Our mission: 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.

The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children’s programs.

In the National Capitol & Virginia Division we have 30+ centers, serving residents throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Our work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to our Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar we spend supports our various missions across the country. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes to the extent permitted under Section 170(b)(2) for corporations.

Divisional Leadership

Lt. Col. Mark H. Israel was born in Wheeling, WV to Salvation Army officer parents. His family moved to Georgia when he was four years old, and they lived in several communities during his school years. He was commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer in 1982. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vennard College and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Lt. Col. Mark Israel, and his wife Lt. Col Carolee Israel, have served together in Salvation Army appointments across the Southern Territory as corps officers. They have also worked in a variety of officer staff positions in the Georgia, Maryland/West Virginia, and Texas Divisions and the Southern Territorial Headquarters.

They were appointed to the faculty of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, GA as the Directors of Curriculum in 2001. During that time the curriculum was redesigned and the College was certified by the State of Georgia and degrees were then issued. In 2008 they were appointed to National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, as the National Secretaries for Program. In this appointment they served as Directors of the National Seminar on Evangelism.

On July 1, 2015, Lt. Col. Mark and Carolee Israel assumed their current appointments as the Divisional Commander and Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries for the National Capital & Virginia Division. Prior to that they served as the Divisional Leaders for the Kentucky and Tennessee Division for four years. Lt. Col. Carolee Israel was appointed Divisional Commander for the Maryland & West Virginia Division on June 17, 2019.