Majors Brian and Lesa Davis
8354 W. Foster
Norridge, IL 60656-3032
Brian and Lesa Davis have been officers together for the past 12 years, with appointments in Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and on the CFOT staff. Brian is originally from Alton, Illinois. After completing high school there, he pursued further education at the University of Southern Illinois in Edwardsville. While a student at SIU, he received a Rotary scholarship to study at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England. After completing his studies in England, he returned to the States and received his Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He entered CFOT in 1998 and was commissioned with the Forward 2000 session.
Lesa entered CFOT from the Hannibal, Missouri corps and was commissioned in 1985. She served as a single officer for nearly eight years with appointments in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wisconsin before being appointed to territorial headquarters. While serving as an officer, she received her bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University. Lesa also served at national headquarters as editor of Young Salvationist magazine and features editor for The War Cry.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s sovereign purposes.
Its religious and charitable objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion…and pursuant thereto, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole’. The rapid deployment of the first Salvationists were aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title ‘The Salvation Army’ was brought into use.
Responding to a recurrent theme in Christianity which sees the Church engaged in spiritual warfare, The Salvation Army has used to its advantage certain soldierly features such as uniforms, flags and ranks to identify, inspire and regulate its endeavors.
The Salvation Army Mission Statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in His name without discrimination.