Linda Bond named General-Elect
Largest-ever High Council elects 19th Salvation Army General.
Following a week of meetings and fervent attention to the future of The Salvation Army, the 2011 High Council announced on Jan. 31 that Commissioner Linda Bond—a former leader of the Western Territory—will be the 19th General of The Salvation Army. Commissioner Bond will assume office April 2, following the retirement of the current General, Shaw Clifton.
Bond, 64, is the third woman and fourth Canadian to become General.
After her election, Bond spoke to the High Council:
“I love the Lord Jesus Christ and pledge my utmost obedience to him. I am absolutely committed to a life of praise and thanksgiving to God,” she said. “We, The Salvation Army need to be an Army of praise and thanksgiving to God and we must place our trust in God. We need his Holy Spirit to come mightily on The Salvation Army.”
Bond currently serves as territorial commander and territorial president of women’s ministries of the Australia Eastern Territory, a position she has held since 2008. With 42 years of experience in the Army, Bond began serving in the Canada and Bermuda Territory as an officer in her local corps—an ordained minister in the church—in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1969. She became divisional commander in 1993.
Other appointments include divisional commander in the Manchester region of the United Kingdom from 1998 to 1999 and territorial commander of the USA Western Territory from 2002 to 2005. Bond also served at the Army’s International Headquarters (IHQ) in London as under secretary for personnel from 1995 to 1998 and returned as secretary for spiritual life development and international external relations from 2005 to 2008.
This was the first High Council election that the Army used social media—the High Council website, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr—to broadcast information about the proceedings.
The 17th High Council of The Salvation Army, comprised of senior leaders from around the world, met in Sunbury-on-Thames near London to elect a new general. Proceedings began Jan. 21. This was the largest council in Army history with 57 women and 52 men, totaling 109 members.
The Salvation Army General directs the worldwide operations of The Salvation Army from IHQ. General-Elect Bond will assume leadership of more than one million Salvationists in 123 countries and approximately 100,000 employees worldwide.