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About 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 is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes.

The Movement, founded in London, England, in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth, has spread to many parts of the world. The rapid deployment of the first soliders was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title ‘The Salvation Army’ was brought into use.

Responding to a recurrent theme which sees the Church engaged in spiritual crusade, The Salvation Army uses certain soldierly insignia to inspire and regulate the outreach of the organization.

Service & Evangelism

Under the authoriy of the General, our efforts are carried out by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers who volunteer their time. The Army also benefits from the support of many friends, including those who serve on advisory boards.

From its earliest days The Salvation Army has accorded women equal opportunities, every rank and service being open to them, and from childhood the young are encouraged to love and serve God.

The Army strives for the social betterment of the poor. Evolving social services meet endemic needs and specific crises worldwide. Highly trained staff are employed in up-to-date facilities.

The need for modernization and longer-term development is under continual review. Increasingly the Army’s policy and its indigenous membership allow it to cooperate with international relief agencies and governments alike.

The Army’s partnership with both private and public philanthropy continues to bring comfort to the needy, while the proclamation of God’s redemptive love revealed in Jesus Christ offers individuals and communities the opportunity to know spiritual fulfillment here on earth and a place in Christ’s eternal Kingdom.


Majors Phil and Deslea Maxwell

The Maxwell’s were commissioned in January 1984, as members of the Herald of Hope Session. Six months after taking up their individual corps appointments, Philip and Deslea were married and commenced a lifetime of service together.

Over that period of time they have shared in an extensive and varied array of appointments. Serving for 18 years as corps or regional officers, the diversity of appointments included; outback and city communities, contemporary and conservative settings, new and established congregations, structured and transformational ministries. The succession of corps appointments was split when the Maxwell’s were appointed for three years to the Youth Department in the Australian Capital Territory and South New South Wales Division. Following a further three corps appointments the majors returned to divisional roles – Philip, being appointed as the Divisional Secretary and 2IC, while Deslea assumed responsibility for Community Services, Seniors and Community Care Ministries before moving into the role of Divisional Corps Program Secretary. These appointments were superseded by appointments to Territorial Headquarters where Philip was appointed as the Territorial Communications and Public Relations Secretary and Deslea was appointed as the Administration Liaison Officers and 2IC for the newly launch Aged Care Plus Department. This was followed by an appointed as the Residential Appeal Director (Sydney East and Illawarra Division) and Territorial Planned Giving Director.

In 2010 the Maxwell’s commenced their overseas service leaving the Australian Eastern Territory and assumed new appointments in Papua New Guinea. For almost four years Philip was appointed as the Territorial Secretary for Business Administration whilst Deslea served as the Territorial Director of Schools, Literary Secretary and Tokaut Editor. In 2014 the Maxwell’s moved to the United Kingdom being appointed to International Headquarters, Philip to fulfil the role of an International Auditor, while Deslea was to take responsibility as the Editor of Revive and The Salvation Army Year Book.
Throughout their ministry both Philip and Deslea have maintained their commitment to their personal development with Philip completing studies in Business and Leadership Development and Deslea pursued further studies in Theology and Christian Leadership. Together they also share qualifications and accreditation in Team Management Systems.
The Maxwell’s are blessed with three children; – Kylie (Nathan), Christopher (Nichole) and Nathanael (Rachael). Kylie with her husband are Divisional Youth Secretaries in Northern New South Wales, while Christopher and his wife serve as Corps Officer in the National Capital. Nathanael serves within the Australian Navy as a musician and takes responsibility as a local officer in his home corps of Parramatta. The extent of the family has stretched to include two grandchildren, Caleb and Lily, with a further two to be added in early 2017.


Where time allows Philip pursues his interest in photography and video production, and enjoys fishing.  Deslea finds immense pleasure and satisfaction in patchwork and quilting.
Both Philip and Deslea would describe themselves as highly relational – finding pleasure in engaging with people on an individual level and investing in their personal and spiritual development. Philip and Deslea’s mantra for ministry remains; ‘there is no better place to be than in the centre of God’s will – doing his work, his way.’  ‘Although our hearts would have us with our family at home in Australia our calling is to serve God where ever He feels appropriate’. To date, we have not been disappointed.’

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

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