Roberts named Chief of the Staff

Commissioners William and Nancy RobertsPhoto by Christin Davis

Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts Photo by Christin Davis


USA National Commander Commissioner William Roberts will be The Salvation Army’s Chief of the Staff effective Oct. 1. Commissioner Nancy Roberts is appointed as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

General André Cox made the announcement Aug. 9, six days following his election as the 20th international leader of The Salvation Army.

“As Salvation Army officers God has called us to make ourselves available to serve wherever the Army believes we can best support the mission,” Roberts said. “I take up these new and significant responsibilities in assisting the General in realizing his vision for The Salvation Army around the globe with no pretense about myself, but only wanting to do the best I can for God and the Army. It will be my extreme privilege to do so.”

Originally from the USA Central Territory, Roberts has extensive experience and knowledge of the international Salvation Army. Commissioned in 1971 with the Victorious Session of cadets, the Robertses served in corps and divisional appointments, prior to assuming territorial leadership of South America East in 2001. Four years later they went to International Headquarters (IHQ), where he served as international secretary for business administration and she as IHQ chaplain and secretary for IHQ staff development. In 2008, they took leadership of the newly formed Kenya West Territory, before returning to the U.S. in 2010 as national leaders.

Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in religious studies; his interests include minority ministries, cross-cultural ministries, leadership development, evangelism and church growth, and social service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early elementary education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling.


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