Salvation Army

This was a movement begun by William Booth in London in 1865 in order to reach people who, mainly because of poverty, were estranged from the Christian churches. It combines active evangelism, often in the streets, with service to people in need. It is organised as an army, with all its professional workers (equivalent to clergy in other churches) having military rank titles and wearing a distinctive uniform. Its ordinary members are also called “soldiers” and wear a uniform when attending worship or going about pastoral work.

The Salvation Army is particularly known for its hostels for homeless people, its strong emphasis on all forms of social action and its agency for finding people who are missing.

For Salvation Army citadels in the Faith Wales area, click here.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.