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We are an organization dedicated to Doing the Most Good in your community

Who we Are

The Salvation Army's Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division is located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It is home to 26 Worship and Community Centers (Corps), 67 service extension units, a camp, as well as multiple homeless shelters, thrift stores and food pantries. Service extension units are branches of The Salvation Army in communities where Corps are not located but service is provided by committees of volunteers. Find locations here .


    

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. Contact us here.


   

Our Local Leadership

Major Steven Merritt - Divisional Commander | Major Christine Merritt - Director of Women's Ministries

Majors Steven and Christine Merritt were appointed to the Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Division in July 2016.

Steven and Christine were both born to Salvation Army officers. They met as children while both families were stationed in Omaha, Nebraska.

They were married in 1986 and were commissioned and ordained in 1993 after attending The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Chicago.

Prior to the Merritt’s appointment to Milwaukee, they were appointed to the Rockford Temple as Corps Officers.

The Merritt’s have three children Benjamin, Matthew and Abigail.

Additional Officers at Divisional Headquarters

  • Major Timothy Meyer - Divisional Secretary
  • Major Lori Meyer - Women's Ministries Secretary/Community Care Ministries
  • Captain Martin Thies - Divisional Youth Secretary
  • Captain Shannon Thies - Divisional Youth and Candidates Secretary
  • Captain Julie Trapp - Divisional Secretary for Business
  • Envoy Thom McMahon - Correctional Services Director/Men's Ministry Director
  • Envoy Jan McMahon - Correctional Services/Older Adult Ministries

How leadership works

  • The General, with the International headquarters in London, is the international leader of The Salvation Army.
  • In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the National Commander, whose office is at the National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California.
  • Each territory is under the leadership of a territorial commander.
  • Territories are made up of units known as divisions (there are 40 in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander).
  • Divisions consist of corps centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs.
  • Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer.