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The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Leadership

Lieutenant-Colonel Kelvin Pethybridge

Chief Secretary in Charge

Lieutenant Colonel Kelvin Pethybridge is an Officer in The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern Territory. He is currently holding the position of Chief Secretary in Charge. Kelvin has been a Salvation Army Officer for over thirty years entering the Training College in Bexley North, Sydney in 1981. His previous appointment was as the Divisional Commander for the Central and North Queensland Division. Kelvin has also served as a Corps Officer, Divisional Youth & Candidates Secretary and Divisional Secretary, 2IC and Secretary for Business Administration. He has a Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master in Administrative Leadership with the University of New England and has a keen interest in Change Management and Organisational Change.

Lieutenant-Colonel Cheralynne Pethybridge


Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries

Lt. Colonel Cheralynne Pethybridge entered the Salvation Army Training College in Bexley North, Sydney in 1981 and has served as an Officer for thirty five years. Working together with her husband Lt. Colonel Kelvin Pethybridge as Territorial Leaders for the Australian Eastern Territory, Lt. Colonel Cheralynne’s current role is Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries. Prior to her current role she was Assistant Personnel Secretary for Australia Eastern Territory. Lt. Colonel Cheralynne has also held the roles of Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries and Divisional Secretary for Officer Personnel. In this capacity she served alongside her husband as Divisional Leaders in the Central & North Queensland Division, which covered a vast area from Bundaberg to Cairns and west to Mount Isa and entailed travelling many miles visiting Salvation Army Corps and Social Centres. Lt. Colonel Cheralynne has served as Divisional Candidate Secretary, Divisional Resource Mission Director/Corps and in Women’s Ministries, and also as a Corps Officer in small and large Corps throughout the Territory.



Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodge

Secretary for Business Administration

John is presently the Secretary for Business Administration (SBA) for The Salvation Army in the Australia Eastern Territory. As SBA, Lieut – Colonel Hodge oversees and coordinates business functions across the territory.Coming from a teaching background, John trained as a Salvation Army Officer and was commissioned and ordained in January 1972. His appointments have spanned five territories and have included corps work, Education and Training appointments, Public Relations work, Divisional Leadership and Senior Executive positions such Chief Secretary and Secretary for Business administration.


Lieutenant-Colonel Laurie Robertson

Secretary for Program

During his officership, Lieut-Colonel Laurie Robertson has served in church and divisional leadership, communications, editorial and territorial positions. Prior to attending The Salvation Army Training College in 1978, he was a journalist in Broken Hill. Lieut-Colonel Robertson has been The Salvation Army National Editor-in-Chief in Australia, Divisional Commander for Central and North Queensland and the Army’s International Communications Secretary, Editor-in-Chief and Literary Secretary.

Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Reid

Secretary for Personnel

Over the past 26 years in Salvation Army Officership Chris Reid has held a number of positions leading and pioneering Corps (churches), working in mentoring new leaders and as Coordinator for Inspire (Leadership Development) and the Divisional Mission and Resource Director for Corps. Prior to this appointment Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Reid was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Personnel of The Salvation Army, Australia Eastern Territory.


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