The Founder and first General, William Booth was born in England in 1829 and converted in 1844. He died, or in Army terminology was "promoted to glory", in 1912. In Booth's lifetime, the rag-tag Salvation Army grew into a giant of international evangelism and gained a modicum of acceptance. In his lifetime the Army was established in 58 countries and colonies
William Booth (1829-1912) was a brave man,hard to the point of militancy yet soft enough to cry tears of compassion with those seeking answers to their spiritual quest, or facing grief and bereavement.Booth worked tirelessly to bring Christ to people through the words of the gospel and Christian love in action.
General Booth once said he would stand on his head and play a tambourine with his feet if it would bring people to God. The Founder of The Salvation Army, Booth did a great deal to take a relevant Christianity to the masses, meeting people at the point of their needs.
With its title inspired by the adventures of Scottish missionary and African explorer, Dr David Livingstone, Booth's book In Darkest England and the Way Out set the standard for the Army's social endeavours in histime and for the years to come.