What is a Salvation Army Officer?


It is clear in God’s Word that all believers are instructed by Christ in the Great Commission to share their faith and provide ministry in His name. Jesus’ last words before he returned to heaven were, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,”.

Just as Jesus called his disciples to follow Him, today He calls Christian men and women to this same adventure. Salvation Army officers see lives changed, bring hope and practical help to humanity as they share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. Their work will often be among the poorest and neediest of our society. All of them will make a difference: some as corps officers (pastors) and others as administrators of Salvation Army rehabilitation centers for those recovering from addictions. Still other officers may work in Salvation Army social service centers, while some find their calling to work in other cultures and countries. Each officer carries the message of love. Each officer is the voice of God in the place where he or she is needed. A Salvation Army officer is a fully ordained and trained evangelical minister of the Gospel. If God is calling you to a ministry of spiritual leadership and you have a passion for lost people, then Salvation Army officership may be for you.  For more information about becoming a Salvation Army Officer – CLICK HERE.

Our Officers

Majors Bill & Heather Holman were transferred to Grand Rapids, MI in June of 2015. Prior to coming they were in command of The Salvation Army of Waukegan, IL (7 years), Mattoon, IL (4 years), and Belleville, IL (6 years). They come to the Grand Rapids area with great expectation of what God is going to do through them to build HIS Kingdom in and around this Community.

Born into The Salvation Army, both come with a rich heritage, understanding, and love to see The Army grow. Bringing people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is their first love as well as discipling them in their journey with God.

Bill is a fifth generation Salvationist and Heather a fourth. Both family lines date back to the beginnings of The Salvation Army in England. Being faithful Soldiers (members) and leaders in their home Corps of Royal Oak, MI, it wasn’t until 1995 they felt the call of God on their lives to become full time officers (ministers) in The Army. It was during the next year they would see God’s Hand on their family’s life to be very evident and faithful. In August of 1996, they entered the College for Officer’s Training with their three children and were Commissioned (ordained) in June 1998.

The Holman’s have been married for over 36 years and have three grown children, two son in loves, one daughter in love, and six awesome grandchildren, (two granddaughters and four grandsons).

Their passion is to be encouragers of those they meet to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.

Majors Bill and Heather Holman