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Youth and Children's Ministries

We believe the voice of our young people should be listened to

The Salvation Army engages thousands of young people through its many corps on a weekly basis. We work with children aged 4 – 12 and young people between the ages of 12 – 25. As an organisation, we strive to be as relevant as possible within the communities we serve, so the activities on offer will depend on the corps you attend.

The Salvation Army’s ministry is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all ages, discipling children and young people to live a life of faith that will impact their everyday lives. We do this holistically, engaging young people through youth clubs, dance classes, Drama workshops and even fitness sessions. In some areas of the UK local corps have sports teams playing in local leagues, partaking in football, netball and cycling. More traditionally, children are invited to attend Sunday schools consisting of games, interactive bible stories, crafts and song. Young pople are invited to more age-related teaching, Sunday or mid-week. Here they can socialise together through games, food, and engage in discussion about the Christian faith. Children who want to make a faith commitment within The Salvation Army can become a junior soldier and young people make the commitment of being a senior soldier.

During the school holidays a number of corps offer holiday clubs for children, and youth are catered for through divisional camps offering something for everyone.

The Salvation Army is well known for its love of music as an expression of worship. Young people across the country are given the opportunity to learn an instrument and be a part of its many groups in brass, singing and contemporary worship. If you would like to know more about how The Salvation Army is working with young people, please get in touch with the team.

To ensure this important work takes place we have a dedicated network of youth and children’s specialists working across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. To find out what is going on in your area and how we can resource you as well as finding out about all the great things you can get involved please contact your local specialist.

Find your local division youth specialist and regional children’s specialist below

Use our map page to find out your local or nearest Salvation Army church or centre and use our Divisional map page to find out your division.

Divisional Youth Specialist Division
Jon Hampton Central North
Darren Highton North West England & North Wales
Sarah Lawson Yorkshire North with Tees
Mark Elliot Yorkshire South with Humber
Jason Tasker North East England
Nathan Bright Central East
Ben Still Herts and Essex
Ruth Beattie Anglia
Dave Perkins Central South
Andrew Whitehouse East Midlands
Laura Kingscott West Midlands
Laurence Bennett Southern
Jo Taylor Severn & Somerset
George Martin South and Mid Wales
Martyn Coles Devon & Cornwall
Ian Midwinter East Scotland
Adam Barber West Scotland
Keith Pyper Ireland
DC Major Brian Slinn North Scotland
Anita Gellatly South East
Christiaan Bijl South London
Nick Hampton North London


Regional Children's Specialist  Region
Suzanne Dow Glasgow and Belfast Service Centre 
Richard Prescott Newport Service Centre
Luke Nunn West Malling Service Centre
Adrian Kemp  Birmingham Service Centre
Claire Cachelin Bishop's Strotford Service Centre
Helen Gill Leeds Service Centre