In 1865, in the poverty of London’s East End, William and Catherine Booth founded the East London Christian Mission. They structured the organization as a military operation, with soldiers, officers, and William as its first general. Their goal: bring soup, soap, and salvation to the “down and outs” unwelcome in polite society. One hundred fifty years later, the Salvation Army is one of the largest and most trusted philanthropic organizations in the world, with 1.5 million members on six continents.
Both Catherine and William wrote prolifically. The Select Life and Works of William and Catherine Booth features several of their works on practical religion and the moral and organizational thought behind the Salvation Army—including William’s In Darkest England and the Way Out and Catherine’s Female Ministry: Women’s Right to Preach the Gospel. Also included are two biographical works examining the lives of William and Catherine, respectively. These 13 volumes are an invaluable resource for understanding the history of modern Christian missions and the culture and philosophy of the Salvation Army under the direction of these two remarkable individuals.
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William Booth (1829–1912) was a British Methodist preacher and was the first general and founder of the Salvation Army. Though the family was relatively wealthy when William was born, through his childhood the family descended into poverty. When he was 13, William was apprenticed to a pawnbroker. During his apprenticeship he became a Methodist and began a poverty ministry as a lay preacher. He became a full-time Methodist minister in 1852 and married Catherine Booth in 1855. He left the pastorate in 1861 to pursue full-time evangelism, and in 1865 he and Catherine founded the East London Christian Mission, renamed the Salvation Army in 1878. He led the organization for 47 years before his death in 1912.
Catherine Booth (1829–1890) was known as the mother of the Salvation Army, which she cofounded with her husband, William Booth. She was a respected writer and sought after speaker. William and Catherine often employed a strategy in which William preached to the poor, while Catherine spoke to the wealthy and focused on gaining financial and political support for the Salvation Army. Catherine died in 1890, at the age of 61.