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New Leaders Appointed For Salvation Army In South Yorkshire
Major Raelton Gibbs and Major Lynn Gibbs
New leaders have been appointed for The Salvation Army in Yorkshire South with Humber Division. Majors Raelton and Lynn Gibbs attended a ceremony in Sheffield on Thursday 5 July 2018 (7.30 pm), at which they were officially installed into their new roles as Divisional Commander and Divisional Leader for Leader Development, respectively.

Based at the church and charity’s divisional headquarters in Doncaster, 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.

As International Emergency Response Co-ordinator, Major Raelton Gibbs has travelled extensively to many countries around the world to provide support to teams at the heart of communities affected by tragedy in disaster zones. He has also been able to work towards ensuring teams were best prepared for future incidents, providing training and empowering on-the-ground Salvation Army teams.

Major Raelton Gibbs said: “We are looking forward to this new opportunity to lead The Salvation Army’s work. The churches and centres we will be leading are already doing great work alongside people in need in their communities, helping them to recognise and see their God-given potential and worth as they address challenges and obstacles in their lives. We hope that the experience we have can enhance all that local leadership are doing to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Major Lynn Gibbs said: “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.”

Majors Raelton and Lynn Gibbs take over from Majors Richard and Ann Borrett, who served as divisional leaders between 2016 and 2018. Majors Borrett have moved to divisional leadership roles in The Salvation Army’s West Scotland Division.

The new leaders were officially appointed in a service led by The Salvation Army’s United Kingdom with Republic of Ireland leaders – Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham - on Thursday 5 July 2018 at Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army on Psalter Lane (S11 8YN).

New Leaders Appointed For Salvation Army In South Yorkshire, 3rd July 2018, 15:25 PM