The Salvation Army

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, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States.  Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadcast array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.  About 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

The Salvation Army’s services reach virtually into every zip code in America through the involvement of over 3.5 million volunteers, including 60,000 local community advisory organization members.


William RobertsDavid, having been appointed October 14, 2013, serves as the National Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States. He was called to the mission of The Salvation Army under the ministry of the late Major Omer McKinney, in 1967 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He entered The Salvation Army’s Training College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.

David is the eldest of five sons of a retired West Virginia coal miner. He was saved in Sunday school at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, which sits at the foot of the hollow where his father’s hillside farm is located on the Mt. Morris-Cassville Road.

David has served in Salvation Army mission for 43 years. He has lead three local corps: Grafton, WVA Baltimore Hampden, MD and Hagerstown, MD, all in the Maryland and West Virginia Division. He was the divisional youth secretary in the National Capital and Virginia and North and South Carolinas divisions. He served twice at the Southern territorial headquarters as Program Secretary, then as Chief Secretary and later as Territorial Commander.

For five years, he taught at the College for Officer Training in Atlanta, GA. He worked in a number of roles at divisional headquarters in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He was the divisional leader for the Kentucky-Tennessee and Texas divisions.
David and Barbara, who he married in 1969, have two sons, David William, who lives in Atlanta, GA and Mark Stephen who is married to Sue-ann and lives in Snellville, GA. The Jeffreys are proud grandparents of Blake, Mitchell and Parker.