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High Council elects 21st General of The Salvation Army

High Council elects 21st General of The Salvation Army

High Council elects 21st General of The Salvation Army

25 May 2018

General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox with General-elect Commissioner Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle. Photo Joseph Halliday

By Simone Worthing

Commissioner Brian Peddle has been elected the 21st General of The Salvation Army.

The High Council elected Commissioner Peddle, who currently serves as Chief of Staff, after the four candidates delivered their speeches.

Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, High Council President, announced the election result in the early hours of this morning, AEST.

Commissioner Brekke-Clifton thanked General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox for joining the High Council for the announcement, and invited Commissioner Peddle to say a few words.

“It’s my absolute pleasure to stand before you today and acknowledge the confidence that the High Council has placed in myself and in Commissioner Rosalie Peddle,” he said.

“We are overwhelmed to say the least, but are deeply honoured and feeling somewhat unworthy by the momentous task that lies before us.

“We feel very much that we already love the international Salvation Army and it will not be difficult for us to embrace our diversity in our many countries and peoples around the world.

“Today we stand in front of you the High Council, all of us, so eager for God to move in a new way among us. We’re anticipating, with the commitment here at this High Council, that God will do amazing things among around this international Salvation Army.

“We would ask very humbly for your prayers and support, as that would be the greatest and most wonderful gift you could offer us.

“Thank you to General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox for leading us these past years. Your legacy is known to all of us and we are grateful.

“We pray that The Salvation Army internationally will go from strength to strength, that God Almighty will bless us in an incredible way, and that he will surprise us with his mighty power as we move into future.”

General-Elect Commissioner Brian Peddle will assume the responsibilities of The Salvation Army world leader when General Cox retires at midnight on 2 August.


  1. Major Starlin Kiliswa
    Major Starlin Kiliswa

    I earnestly thank our Mighty Father in Heaven for the General Elect. He is such a very humble and a down on earth man of God. May God use him and his dear wife to guide our Army steadily to the glory of God.

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