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The Salvaiton Army of Barberton

The History of the Salvation Army: In 1865, William Booth spent his days preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute people of London, England. In his attempt to reach these people, Booth challenged the accepted concept of church and took his preaching to the streets. Booth traveled throughout England conducting evangelistic meetings. Booth’s services were an instant success. He quickly became well known as a religious leader throughout London and attracted followers who were dedicated to fighting for the souls of men and women.

In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, Booth’s followers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. At this time, the group was serving under the name “The Christian Mission.” The group officially adopted the title of “The Salvation Army” in August of 1878.

The ministry migrated to America in 1879, where The Salvation Army’s first meeting took place in Philadelphia. After receiving a warm welcome, The Salvation Army expanded its operation throughout the United States. Today, there are more than 9,000 Salvation Army centers and local neighborhood.

Mission of the Salvation Army: 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. The Salvation Army not only provides for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter but also invests its time in the human spirit by offering counseling, education programs, recovery/support programs, and spiritual support for those willing to accept it.

Spreading The Word To Everyone We Help: Salvation Army worship centers reflect the vitality of a living God to a needy world. Through our worship centers, The Salvation Army brings to life the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

While many equate the Salvation Army with social services and the red kettle, the first and most important purpose of the Salvation Army is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to lead everyone to the Lord. The Salvation Army's doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes.

Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers, overseeing the religious and social ministries of The Salvation Army in their area. All are welcome to worship our living, loving God.


The Barberton Salvation Army is dedicated to the men, women, and children we serve. Covering the city of Barberton, Norton, New Franklin and surrounding area, we work every day to elevate individuals up from despair to provide hope and assistance.

In teaching life skills, we provide individuals with an opportunity to maximize their physical, emotional and spiritual being to effect permanent change.

Barberton Salvation Army Advisory Council
Major Karen Garrett (Corps Officer)
Colonel James Reynolds
Paula Kallio (Chairman)
Scot Stevenson (Vice Chairman)
Adrienne Nelson (Secretary)
Tim Crawford
Jim Bauschlinger
Sara Judge
Crissy Kolarik
Dennise Liddle Jr.
Denise Ratchford
Sherrie Sanchez
Joe Stefan
Cheryl Vestpoint
Michael Vinay
Donald Binkley
Kathryn Yoak



Staff: Sharon Ray (Front Office) | Chris Hetman (Kitchen)


Questions or Comments? For more information please contact the Barberton Salvation Army: 560 Wooster Road West, Barberton, OH 44203
Office Hours: Monday through Friday | 9:30am - 3:00pm
Phone: (330) 745 - 2836 |Fax: (330) 848 - 8421
Email: Ashley.Ferrell@use.salvationarmy.org | 


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