Catherine Booth, Mother of the Salvation Army

Catherine Booth was nervous around people. It was likely that she come to be this way from a youth spent in idleness, as her body coped with spinal curvature.

But there were people suffering and she wanted to help them. So she overcame her fears and became a preacher, speaking everywhere from large gatherings to a family in their home.

Then in 1865, she and her husband formed The Christian Mission. Their main members in the beginning were alcoholics, morphine addicts, prostitutes and others who were considered social undesirables in Christian society of the time.

In 1878, the group changed their name to The Salvation Army, which is the organization that we know today. And for her work, Catherine became known as “The Mother of the Salvation Army.”