Commissioner Brian Peddle has been elected the 21st General of The Salvation Army.
L-R: General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox with General-elect Commissioner Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle. Photo Joseph Halliday.
The High Council elected Commissioner Peddle, who currently serves as the Chief of the Staff (2IC of the international Salvation Army), after the four candidates delivered their speeches.
Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, High Council President, announced the election result in the early hours of the morning on 25 May.
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 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.”
Speaking to Others magazine, the Australian leaders of The Salvation Army, Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, welcomed the appointment.
“I think Commissioner Brian Peddle as General is a good lead for us. He’s been in this space for the last two and a half years as the Chief of the Staff, and he knows the international scene well—he’s been to over 30 countries around the world. He understands where we are functioning, how we are functioning, the agenda that’s being pursued and is able to then build upon that agenda. So, I think it’s a good move for us as an Army,” Commissioner Floyd Tidd said.
Commissioner Tracey Tidd also commented on the support and guidance that the General-Elect would receive in the role, saying, “Commissioner Rosalie is a gifted and passionate officer whom I have had the privilege of working with in a number of appointments including our last appointments together in leadership in Canada. She has a passion for women’s ministries but not limited to the variety of programs that are offered around the international Army, but the unique impact that women in ministry and leadership can bring to the Army and the world. She has been the driving force behind a number of initiatives and I anticipate she will initiate change in a number of areas to see us more effective.”
General-Elect Commissioner Brian Peddle will assume the responsibilities of The Salvation Army’s world leader when General Cox retires at midnight on 2 August.
This article first appeared in Others magazine