The Salvation Army in Yorkshire South with Humber Division is in safe hands after appointment of two new leaders.
Man and wife, Majors Raelton and Lynn Gibbs, have been installed into their new roles as divisional commander and divisional leader for leader development, and will be based at the Salvation Army Church in Booth Avenue, Doncaster.
From the charity’s divisional headquarters, the Gibbs will take responsibility for some 31 Salvation Army churches, as well as many hundreds of members, employees and volunteers.
Serving vulnerable people across the South Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire area, The Salvation Army’s work spans everything from supporting victims of modern slavery, people who are homeless and finding employment for jobseekers to caring for older people and helping families in poverty.
Majors Raelton and Lynn Gibbs have served as Salvation Army ministers for 34 years in a range of appointments, including churches and work with children and older people, homelessness and addiction. They have taken international roles within the worldwide Salvation Army, supporting the international leaders and in providing international emergency services support, as well as spending three years as programme secretaries for Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, supporting and enabling people in church and social work for The Salvation Army, with Lynn also taking on a role as literary secretary and The War Cry editor.
Major Raelton Gibbs said churches and centres they would be leading were already doing great work alongside others and added: “We are looking forward to this new opportunity to lead The Salvation Army’s work,” with Major Lynn Gibbs adding: “It’s early days since our arrival in South Yorkshire, but we’ve already seen some good work and we’re excited about that. We believe that God’s got plenty of work for us to develop. We start every appointment knowing that this one will be our best yet.”