Lived 1829 - 1890

Catherine Booth was called the “Mother of The Salvation Army”.

Catherine had a strong Christian upbringing and read her Bible through eight times by the time she was 12 years of age. It was not until she was 16 that she was really reborn in the spirit. She read the words ‘My God I am Thine, what a comfort Divine’ in her hymn book and realised the truth of this statement for herself.

She met William Booth, a Methodist minister, when he came to preach at her church in 1852. During their three year engagement, Catherine was a constant support to William in his tiring work of preaching through her letters.

They began the work of The Christian Mission in 1865. William preached to the poor and ragged and Catherine spoke to the wealthy, gaining support for their financially demanding ministry. She eventually began to hold her own campaigns.

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