The General - World Leader
The General is The Salvation Army's world leader and highest-ranked officer. The office is currently held by General André Cox, who has been serving in the role since August 3, 2013. André Cox is The Salvation Army's 20th General.
General André Cox (born 12 July 1954) is currently the 20th General of The Salvation Army.
He was elected to the position of General by the 18th High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013.
He was the Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army from 1 February 2013 to 3 August 2013, until he was elected General. In the wake of the unexpected retirement of General Linda Bond, Cox fulfilled the duties of General for a little under two months until the High Council could elect a new General.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe to an English father and Swiss mother, General André spent his childhood years in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom, before moving to Switzerland where he met and married Argentinean-born Commissioner Silvia.
Cox was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1979 and spent the early years of his ministry as a corps officer in Switzerland. In 2005, Cox was appointed as the territorial commander of The Salvation Army’s work in Finland and Estonia; a post he held until he took command of the Southern Africa Territory in October 2008.
André and Silvia spent four years as leaders of The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory, which includes work in the countries of South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, the Islands of St Helena and Swaziland. They then served for six months as the territorial leaders of the United Kingdom with Ireland Territory.
When he took up his appointment as Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army, Commissioner André Cox followed in the footsteps of his father, Commissioner Ron Cox, who served as the Chief of the Staff from 1987-1991.
On 13 June 2013 when General Linda Bond unexpectedly retired from the position of General of the Salvation Army, Cox became Acting General of The Salvation Army. The High Council of The Salvation Army met on 29 July 2013 to begin the process of electing a new General.
On 31 July 2013 Cox was nominated by the High Council as a candidate for the 20th General of The Salvation Army, and on 3 August 2013 was elected General of The Salvation Army.