William Bramell Booth, 1829-1912, Salvation Army
Written by: Ruckman/ Unknown Posted on: 03/17/2003
William Bramwell Booth
Founder of the Salvation Army. William Booth was born in
Nottingham, England. He was converted to Christ through the
efforts of a Methodist minister, and soon became interested
in working with the outcasts and the poor people of
Nottingham. He preached on the streets and made hundreds of
hospital calls before he was 20 years of age. From 1850 to
1861 he served as a pastor in the Methodist Church, after
which time he and his wife left the church and stepped out by
faith in evangelistic work in East London.
It was there that he organized the East London Chris-
tian Revival Society. Out of this beginning came the Salva-
tion Army, with its uniforms, organization, and discipline.
By 1930 there were branches in 55 countries. Its main empha-
sis under General Booth was street preaching, personal evan-
gelism, and practical philanthropy. More than 2,000,000 dere-
licts have professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through
the work of the Salvation Army since its founding by the
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