Salvation Army’s global leaders due to visit Belfast to celebrate 125 + years of ministry and witness in East Belfast

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General Brian Peddle and Commissioner, Rosalie Peddle lead 1.4m members globally

Belfast will this weekend play host to a series of events to mark more than 125 years of ministry and witness of The Salvation Army’s Sydenham Corps in the east of the city.

General Brian Peddle and Commissioner, Rosalie Peddle – who took up their posts as leaders of The Salvation Army’s 1.4million global membership just two months ago – will be the keynote speakers at meetings arranged for this Saturday and Sunday (13 and 14 October) in The Sydenham Corps’ Citadel which is located on Station Mews off the Holywood Road.

General Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle are officers of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, originating from the province of Newfoundland. Commissioner Rosalie was commissioned in 1976 and the General in 1977, prior to their marriage in 1978.

Their combined ministry has seen them serve at corps and at divisional, territorial and international headquarters. Following appointments in their home territory, the General and Commissioner Peddle served in the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga and United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland Territories before returning to lead the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Their service at International Headquarters commenced in September 2014 as the International Secretary and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Americas and Caribbean Zone, prior to being appointed as Chief of the Staff and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries on 1 November 2015.

On 25 May 2018 the then-Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Brian Peddle, was elected as 21st General of The Salvation Army, taking up office on 3 August 2018; with Commissioner Rosalie serving as the World President of Women’s Ministries.

Both the General and Commissioner Rosalie are graduates of The Salvation Army’s Executive Leaders Programme from Simon Fraser University in Canada; and Commissioner Rosalie has a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Outside of their ministry, the international leaders enjoy cycling and hiking.

Major Ian McBride who with his wife Sally are the leaders of the Sydenham Salvation Army says: “It is a tremendous privilege for us at Sydenham to host these special events. The General is only a couple of months into his tenure and we are so grateful for him and the Commissioner coming to lead us and help celebrate the 125+ years of ministry and witness of The Salvation Army in East Belfast.”

Meetings, supported by The Salvation Army’s Sydenham Band, Songsters and Soloists will take place this Saturday (13 October) at 7pm and this Sunday (14 October) at 1030am, with an additional meeting taking place on Sunday afternoon (14 October) comprising Praise and Worship and an ‘In Conversation’ between The General, Commissioner and ITV’s Paul Clark.

There are around 800 Salvation Army members across Ireland.


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