Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

Our Structure


International Headquarters, in London, England, is the international administrative center of The Salvation Army. The General, the Army's international leader, provides spiritual and administrative guidance to Salvation Army units around the world.


The Salvation Army in the United States is divided into four territories (Central, Eastern, Southern and Western). The national commander and the national chief secretary serve in coordinating capacities from National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Each territorial commander operates under the general policies laid down by International Headquarters. While the local leadership adjusts to meet conditions in each community, all officers are subject to the same broad, overall policies.

USA Southern Territory

The administrative center of the Southern Territory is in Atlanta, Georgia. The USA Southern Territory comprises 15 southern states and is divided into nine divisions. The territorial commander is the administrative and spiritual leader of the territory.


Territories are divided into divisions, with a divisional commander, the division's spiritual and administrative leader, leading a team of administrative officers in each division. Each division encompasses a number of corps and other Salvation Army centers. Where it is not possible for a corps to have its own full-time commanding officer, noncommissioned local officers (lay leaders) are often asked to accept some responsibility for local leadership. There are 40 divisions in the United States.

Area Commands

Salvation Army operations in large metropolitan areas are often administered by an area commander. Under his command, there may be a number of Salvation Army officers commanding corps community centers and social service centers. The Chattanooga Area Command is located at 822 McCallie Avenue Get Directions.

Corps Community Center

This is the local Salvation Army center of operations seen in most towns and cities across the country. Each week a variety of people will meet here for worship, fellowship, musical activities and other events. There may also be a variety of community outreach activities, as well as character-building activities for youth and adults services and so on which are part of the corps program. All are welcome to attend Salvation Army meetings. There are four Corps and Community Centers in the Chattanooga Area Command.