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Twenty-first General of The Salvation Army Elected (2018 High Council Report 8)

London, 24 May 2018/IHQ/ – ON the day voting would begin to elect the 21st General of The Salvation Army it was symbolic that the morning began with the worldwide prayer meeting. Led by the Chaplain (Commissioner Mark Tillsley, International Headquarters) the five zones into which the international Army is divided administratively became a focus for prayer, naming specific requests where appropriate. Each time the focus changed the members of the zone being lifted up to God were encircled by their fellow council members. These moments of prayer concluded with the chorus 'Bless them Now'.

At the beginning of the day's business the President (Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, International Headquarters) took a few moments to acknowledge and thank the support staff: translators, IT support, secretariat staff and recorders – a sentiment endorsed by the council with appreciative applause.

As with the answers to the questionnaires on the previous day, the speeches from the four candidates were delivered without interruption and there followed no expression of approval or dissent. The drawing of lots again determined the order in which the candidates gave their speeches, which were received in silence. The council then adjourned.

The Chaplain led the council in singing song 975 from The Song Book of The Salvation Army, 'Salvation! O the Joyful Sound!' before Commissioner Devon Haughton (Territorial Commander, Caribbean Territory) read from Acts 7:51-60. Drawing on these verses and directing his thoughts to the candidates, but suggesting they were for all present in the chamber, the Chaplain spoke of the need for holy boldness. In this story of Stephen he noted also the heavenly assurance he received and finally that, despite everything, Stephen continued to have a heartache for humanity. The council joined in the song 'To be Like Jesus', with its emphasis on 'His Spirit helping me ...' before prayer was offered by Commissioner Yvonne Westrupp (Territorial President of Women's Ministries, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.)

Then followed the election process, undertaken in silence as a solemn and sacred duty, resulting in the election of Commissioner Brian Peddle as the 21st General of The Salvation Army.

May God bless the General-Elect!
Report by Major Christine Clement


Prayers for 'Inner Strength' Surround the Candidates (2018 High Council Report 7)

London, 23 May 2018/IHQ/ – THE candidates and their spouses were given further time on Wednesday morning to finish their questionnaires and write their speeches (see Retired General John Larsson's Inside a High Council Chapter 8: sar.my/iahc8). When the council resumed, Commissioner Willis Howell (Territorial Commander, USA Southern Territory) began the time of devotion with Song 936 from The Song Book of The Salvation Army: 'Wanted, Hearts Baptised with Fire'. Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (Territorial Leader for Leadership Development, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland) read from Ephesians 3:8, 14-21.

Sharing thoughts ahead of the candidates and spouses presenting their responses to the questionnaires, the Chaplain (Commissioner Mark Tillsley) spoke of the Holy Spirit strengthening the inner person individually; that strength comes corporately through 'power, together with all the Lord's holy people' (v18) until finally they 'be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God' (v19). This message was for all the council members as they sought God's will as the time of the election approached. The Chaplain reinforced this when he prayed that this prayer of the apostle Paul was not only for the candidates but for all the leaders gathered in the chamber.

Before lots were drawn for the order in which the candidates would speak, Commissioner Brad Bailey (USA Central Territory) informed the council that he had withdrawn from the election process.

The answers to the questionnaires were delivered without interruption and listened to in respectful silence. As outlined in the Orders of Procedure there followed no expression of approval or dissent.

Following each candidate's reading of his or her prepared responses and then having answered any clarifying questions, the Chaplain offered two verses from Scripture. The plea: 'I am your servant; give me discernment' (Psalm 119:125); and God's response: 'Be still, and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10), after which everyone engaged in moments of silent prayer.

The Chaplain concluded the day in prayer.

/Report by Major Christine Clement

Please note: the announcement of the General-elect will be streamed live on the High Council website (sar.my/2018hc) and on the IHQ Facebook page (sar.my/facebook). At present the timing is impossible to report, but warning will be given on the two sites when an announcement is imminent.


History-making Continues at Nineteenth High Council (2018 High Council Report 6)

London, 22 May 2018/IHQ/ – TUESDAY morning began with nominees indicating whether they would accept or decline their nomination for election to office as General of The Salvation Army. Five nominees accepted the nomination (see Report 4) and these candidates, and spouses, left the council to prepare the answers to the questionnaire and write their speeches.

The council then reconvened to elect a new President to replace Commissioner William Cochrane, who had to step down from the role as a result of accepting nomination. This resulted in another historic moment for a High Council – Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton being elected the first woman to take this office. Commissioner Clive Adams (Territorial Commander, Sweden and Latvia) was elected as Vice-President.

The final business of the day was to consider questions to be addressed to individual candidates. Those submitted by members were considered, reviewed and accepted or rejected by the council.

The morning concluded with the Chaplain leading members in the singing of 'Thou Christ of Burning, Cleansing Flame'. Commissioner Mark Tillsley (International Headquarters) prayed for the candidates and spouses – 'our brothers and sisters' – who were placing their lives on the altar in a very real way.

Speaking to a group of married women High Council members, Major Christine Clement asked what the nomination of the 'first' married woman meant to them. The response was far ranging: it gives them dignity was one answer; it empowers them; it shows confidence in women; it is a great example to all women and emphasises that The Salvation Army is focusing on its (married) women officers as leaders.

Similarly, asking about the nomination of Commissioner Mnyampi, a Tanzanian and from one of The Salvation Army's youngest territories, the response was that it was 'good for we Africans', showing that they are ready to be considered for such a level of leadership.

Finally, on a day of firsts, Commissioner Cochrane became the first single male officer to be nominated, almost 90 years after the first single woman was a candidate for the office of General – Commander Evangeline Booth.

However, as much as there may be interest in the firsts and interesting facts from the 19th High Council, they will not be important when it comes to the election process. As it says in Proverbs: 'The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord' (16:33).


Profiles of the Candidates (2018 High Council Report 5)

London, 22 May 2018/IHQ/ – BELOW are the profiles of the candidates for General of The Salvation Army in alphabetical order (by surname).

Please be in prayer for each candidate and for all members of the High Council as they continue to seek God's guidance.


Commissioner Brad Bailey

Territorial Commander, USA Central Territory

  • Date of Birth: May 1958
  • Nationality: American
  • Home Territory: USA Central 
  • Commissioned: June 1982
  • Married: Heidi Chandler, August 1978

Appointments

USA Central Territory
Corps (June 1982)
South America West
Corps (July 1988), Territorial Headquarters (June 1992),
Divisional Commander (February 1997)
USA Central Territory
Corps (March 2001)
Spain Command
Officer Commanding (August 2005)
South America West Territory
Chief Secretary (July 2008)
International Headquarters
Under Secretary (May 2010)
USA Southern Territory
Chief Secretary (September 2012)
USA Central Territory
Territorial Commander (July 2017)

Commissioner William Cochrane

Territorial Commander, Norway, Iceland and The Færoes Territory

  • Date of Birth: September 1954
  • Nationality: British
  • Home Territory: United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland
  • Commissioned: July 1975

 

Appointments

United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland
Corps (July 1975–April 1979; July 1988–June 1994),
Territorial Headquarters (June 1994),
Chief Secretary (August 2006)
International Headquarters
International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff (June 2009),
(Additional) Secretary for International Ecumenical Relations (April 2013)
Norway, Iceland and The Færoes Territory
Territorial Commander (August 2016)

Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder

Territorial Commander, USA Western Territory

  • Date of Birth: June 1958
  • Nationality: American/British
  • Home Territory: USA Western 
  • Commissioned: June 1988
  • Married: Jolene Kay Lloyd, June 1982

Appointments

USA Western Territory
Corps (June 1988), Training College (July 1992),
Territorial Headquarters (July 1993)
USA Southern Territory
Training College (July 1997) – additional appointment
International Headquarters
Congress Coordinator (July 1997)
USA Western Territory
General Secretary (September 2000),
Divisional Commander (February 2002)
Kenya Territory
Chief Secretary (March 2006)
Kenya East Territory
Chief Secretary (March 2008)
International Headquarters
International Secretary for Personnel
and Legal and Constitutional Advisor to the General (June 2009)
Kenya West Territory
Territorial Commander (January 2013)
USA Western Territory
Territorial Commander (January 2017)

Commissioner E. Jane Paone

Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory

  • Date of Birth: December 1958
  • Nationality: British 
  • Home Territory: United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland 
  • Commissioned: May 1982
  • Married: Massimo Paone, June 1982

Appointments

United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland
Corps (June 1982)
Italy Command
Corps (June 1983), Command Headquarters (October 1987), Corps (pro-tem) (June 1990)
France Territory
Divisional Headquarters (July 1991), Corps (June 1993)
United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland
Corps (June 1997), Divisional Headquarters (May 2001)
Italy Command
Command President of Women’s Ministries (August 2002)
France and Belgium Territory
Territorial President of Women’s Ministries (September 2009)
Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory
Territorial President of Women’s Ministries (September 2014)
(Additional) Senior International Social Justice Coordinator – Europe (January 2016)

Commissioner Brian Peddle

Chief of the Staff, International Headquarters

  • Date of Birth: August 1957
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Home Territory: Canada and Bermuda
  • Commissioned: June 1977
  • Married: Rosalie Rowe, August 1978

Appointments

Canada & Bermuda Territory
Corps (July 1977), Training College (December 1979), 
Divisional Headquarters (June 1985), Corps (July 1988),
Divisional Headquarters (June 2000),
Divisional Commander (June 2001)
New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory
Divisional Commander (February 2007)
United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland
Chief Secretary (June 2009)
Canada and Bermuda Territory
Territorial Commander (July 2011) 
International Headquarters
International Secretary for the Americas and Caribbean (September 2014) 
Chief of the Staff (November 2015)


Ground-breaking Nominations Received at 2018 High Council (2018 High Council Report 4)

London, 22 May 2017/IHQ/ – SOLEMN and contemplative moments marked the nominations process in this first stage of the election to be the 21st General of The Salvation Army. The outcome broke new ground with the nomination of the first married woman, Commissioner Jane Paone.

Accepting the nomination to be candidates are:

  • Commissioner Brad Bailey;
  • Commissioner William Cochrane;
  • Commissioner Kenneth Hodder;
  • Commissioner Jane Paone;
  • Commissioner Brian Peddle.

In addition the following were nominated but – although humbled and appreciative of the nomination by their fellow High Council members – for varying reasons declined:

  • Commissioner Dick Krommenhoek;
  • Commissioner Benjamin Mnyampi;
  • Commissioner Floyd Tidd;
  • Commissioner Mark Tillsley.

The Vice President (Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, International Headquarters) prayed for the candidates and the nominees who had declined before the council adjourned, enabling members to offer congratulations and greetings.

The proceedings will now pause while the candidates and spouses prepare their speeches and answers to the questions (see Chapter 6 of Inside a High Council: sar.my/iahc6).

/Report by Major Christine Clement


Earnest Prayer Precedes Nomination Process (2018 High Council Report 3)

London, 21 May 2018/IHQ/ – FOLLOWING a day of worship on Pentecost Sunday, including an afternoon of prayer, the 2018 High Council resumed its work on Monday morning. Commissioner Prema Wilfred (Territorial President of Women's Ministries, India Northern Territory) brought the Bible reading from Luke 5:1-11 about Jesus calling fishermen as his first disciples, on which the Chaplain (Commissioner Mark Tillsley, International Headquarters) focused, emphasising the need to leave the shallows and 'put out into the deep'. There may be uncertainty in the deep waters, he explained, but it is there that the depth of Christ's love and mercy can be discovered, along with the depth of Christ's mastery and of Christ's majesty. The devotional period concluded with the singing of 'O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus' before Commissioner Yvonne Conrad (TPWM, Southern Africa Territory) prayed.

Over the weekend the Questions Committee had done its work and, once these questions were agreed for both the candidate for General and his or her spouse (if married), the council again had a significant time of prayer before moving to the nomination process. (See Inside a High Council, Chapters 4 to 6: sar.my/iahc4, sar.my/iahc5, sar.my/iahc6). Now was the time to test the deep water.

One by one the members left the chamber to make their nomination in private, returning to post their ballot paper in one of two boxes for this purpose. Of interest is that one of the boxes is the original ballot box used over the years and the second was added for a more recent High Council.

The day concluded with the nomination process.

/Report by Major Christine Clement


The High Council Agrees the Way Forward (2018 High Council Report 2)

London, 18 May 2018/IHQ/ – THE second day of the 2018 High Council began with the words 'May Jesus Christ Be Praised!' resounding around the chamber. Colonel Arschette Moukoko (Territorial President of Women's Ministries, Mozambique) read from 1 Peter 5 before the Chaplain, Commissioner Mark Tillsley (International Secretary for the Americas and Caribbean Zone), shared thoughts about leadership based on Peter referring to himself as a 'fellow elder'. The devotional period concluded with song 397 from The Song Book of The Salvation Army, the contemporary worship song 'This is My Desire to Honour You'. With that prayer on their lips the council began the day's work.

At the end of the first day the Council was working through the Orders of Procedure that will guide the remaining time of the High Council in its deliberations (to appreciate the importance of this see Retired General John Larsson's Inside a High Council chapter 3: sar.my/iahc3). With the orders agreed the council was ready to move forward.

The next step in working towards its aim of electing the 21st General of The Salvation Army is to elect a Questions Committee (see Inside a High Council chapter 7: sar.my/iahc7). The members of the committee who will undertake the work of formulating the questions to be answered by each candidate to be General are Commissioner Merle Heatwole (International Headquarters), Commissioner Marie Willermark (Germany, Lithuania and Poland Territory), Commissioner Lorraine Bamford (USA Eastern Territory), Commissioner Clive Adams (Sweden and Latvia Territory), Commissioner Susan McMillan (Canada and Bermuda Territory), Commissioner Oscar Sánchez (Mexico Territory), Commissioner Prema Wilfred (India Northern Territory), Commissioner Grace Chepkurui (Kenya West Territory) and Commissioner Jennifer Walker (Indonesia Territory).

Members of the council were invited to submit possible questions. Now the committee will do its work and prepare the questionnaires. When its work is done the council can move forward to the nomination of candidates for election as the next General of The Salvation Army.

Commissioner Wilfred Varughese (India Northern Territory) concluded the day in prayer.
/Report by Major Christine Clement

The Welcome to the High Council and Farewell to the General and Commissioner Cox will be streamed live at sar.my/facebook or sar.my/highcouncil2018 at 3.30 BST (GMT+1)


Nineteenth High Council Commences and Elects Commissioner William Cochrane as President (2018 High Council Report 1)

London, 18 May 2018/IHQ/ – THE Salvation Army's 19th High Council, meeting at the London Heathrow Renaissance Hotel (the second time a High Council has been held at the venue), commenced on Thursday 17 May 2018 with the sole purpose of electing the successor to General André Cox, who retires at midnight on 2 August 2018.

Following the singing of 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Brian Peddle, reminded the council of the Story of Esther with its memorable phrase: 'For such a time as this...'. For Esther, as for the members of the High Council, 'for such a time as this' came with privilege but also responsibility and obligation.

With the reminder that The Salvation Army was relying on this High Council to elect the Army's 21st General, the Chief of the Staff called the High Council to order. The legal preliminaries were dealt with, including confirming that the High Council was convened in accordance with the Salvation Army Act 1980. The roll call confirmed that 108 members were in attendance of the 111 summoned. There is the possibility that if visa problems are resolved two more will be able to take their place on the council.

The opening procedures (see selections from Inside a High Council on International Headquarters website: sar.my/iahc2 and sar.my/iahc3) were followed, leading to the election of three High Council officers who will serve for the duration of the council. Commissioner William Cochrane (Territorial Commander, Norway, Iceland and The Færoes Territory) was elected as President and Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton (International Secretary for Programme Resources, International Headquarters) was elected Vice-President. The final officer of the High Council elected on the opening day was the Chaplain, Commissioner Mark Tillsley (International Secretary for the Americas and Caribbean, IHQ).

The remainder of the day was given to reviewing the Orders of Procedure which will guide the way in which the High Council conducts its business throughout the remaining days.

Led by the Chaplain the members joined in singing song 1039 from The Song Book of The Salvation Army: 'The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended' before Commissioner Stephen Chepkurui concluded the day with prayer.
/Authorised by the High Council President, Commissioner William Cochrane

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