Brian Peddle

Commissioner Brian Peddle has been elected the 21st general of the global Salvation Army.

The 60-year-old Canadian, who is currently chief-of-staff at the Salvation Army's international headquarters in London, will take up his new position as leader of the million-strong church denomination in August, succeeding General André Cox in the role. The election took place at a meeting of the Salvation Army's High Council last week.

Commissioner Peddle said he and his wife, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, were "overwhelmed" but "deeply honoured" by the "momentous task" now before them.

“We feel very much that we already love the international Salvation Army and it will not be difficult for us to embrace our diversity in our many countries and peoples around the world," he said.

Commissioner Peddle has previously served in various roles with the Salvation Army globally, including as territorial commander for the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.