The Salvation Army's Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.

Its message is based on the bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination.


Our Weekly Schedule

The Salvation Army Church has been active in Tacoma since 1888. We are in our 123rd year of service and we are excited to offer the gospel of Jesus Christ along with other activities that help strengthen both individuals and families. Weekly services are held:

  • Sunday Morning Prayer - 9:00am
  • Sunday School - 9:25am
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service - 10:22am
  • Home League Women's Ministries - 10:00am, Wednesday
  • Family Fun Night - 5pm - 7pm

Church Address: 1110 S Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Administrative Office: 1501 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Mailing Address: PO Box 1254, Tacoma, WA 98401 Phone: 253-572-8452

 "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22)

Our Leaders

Majors Don & Martha Sheppard

The Salvation Army in Tacoma introduces Majors Don and Martha Sheppard - Salvation Army officers who are deeply committed to sharing God's love with those in need. Their first appointment was in Denver, Colorado nearly twenty years ago. They planted a church, which immediately started a food and clothing closet. Their next appointment in Fort Collins, Colorado included operating a thrift store which helped to support their daily feeding program. In Pendleton, Oregon they worked closely with the community to feed 100 people/day, and started a successful Celebrate Recovery ministry to help overcome the damage caused by the onslaught of meth addiction.

Their latest appointment in Grass Valley, California included a homeless family shelter, being the lead agency in the county for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program through HUD, sitting on the governing council of the Nevada County Continuum of Care, and distributing emergency food baskets to the community. They pastored a growing church community on Sunday morning and again, started an active Celebrate Recovery ministry on Sunday nights.

They are excited to come to Tacoma as the ministries that are operated here are very much in line with their passion and skill sets. Martha's family has lived in the Napavine valley for more than 100 years and as a family, Don and Martha have vacationed here many times, often wishing that they could live in the Northwest. (They even had a camping reservation at Kalaloch for this summer before they found out they were being transferred here.)

Their fifteen year old twin daughters will be making the move with them. Nancy, who is 24, will be staying in Grass Valley to continue with the Cold Weather Shelter, a program that she started and now has over 50 volunteers - offering shelter to people in extreme weather conditions. Grace, 19, will be going to Hawaii to work with girls who are in prostitution, through a Salvation Army program called Revolution Hawaii. Their son, David, is serving in the US Army Infantry in Afghanistan and he is hoping to transfer to Fort Lewis with his wife and children when he comes home. Don and Martha have eight children in all (the oldest being 30) and so far, none of them have become rich or famous but they all live healthy, happy lives.

Don's passion is the Word of God and he has a knack of connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament and then bringing it to life in our world today. He plays guitar and they have often lead worship together. Martha's passion for changing the world today is contagious and she brings that to community meetings as well as the people that The Salvation Army serves. Together, they think outside the box and are not afraid to meet any challenge head on, with sleeves rolled and with their boots on.

Don loves to lead worship, Martha likes to sing with Don but we love working with a team of musicians - since we are both pretty self-taught . . . so we are more passionate than skilled, if that makes sense.

Martha learned to play the cornet at 17 at music camp in Camp Heart O' Hills, Oklahoma Arkansas Division, Southern Territory. . . I still play at a junior elementary level but I know how to read music and am excited to sit in on the junior band and develop my skills. Hopefully, you will find a leader or maybe Matt Woods can help lead it for us.


From the Sheppards

We love the Salvation Army - and think that it is the best way to change the world. We cherish and respect tradition, when it is tradition that reflects the spirit of William Booth - who always had at heart the salvation of the world. We love new things, too - but only as it reflects the spirit of the Salvation Army in helping people grow spiritually.

We both were saved through Salvation Army ministries (Don at Reno Adult Rehabilitation Program, me at camp) through Salvation Army people cared enough to share their lives with us. Because of this, we believe that the church and social services are one and the same - and we will expect that soldiers and members of the church be active in the social service programs. We never step over the government guidelines for proselytizing but we also never miss an opportunity to speak to a client or a resident.

We try to remember everyone's name (but we fail miserably) and we believe that church happens Monday to Monday - in our daily lives, as we pray and listen to music and share meals with each other.

Our latest "thing" is eating and living healthy - including simple living, healthy eating, recycling, being "green." It's our way of living out stewardship to God's world. We love coffee and smoothies but pretty much have quit sodas for good. We will truly miss In-n-Out here but we have heard that there are five Mediterranean restaurants in town. Burgers for Falafel - I'll take that trade.

Our girls love being involved in Girl Guards and Corps Cadets. We love camp - and believe in helping them out in any way possible. We participate and support divisional and territorial events - and believe that people can and should save and fundraise to pay for these events. One goes to public school - the other one is homeschooled.

We will never ask you to do anything that will not do ourselves. We will never ask you to work harder than we will work ourselves. But please be patient with us as we adjust to our new surroundings and our responsibilities. If we are stepping on your territory, please feel free to tell us - and we will decide together how to work it out.

We believe in all social service ministries. We are familiar with all social service ministries. We understand grants, budgets, and Salvation Army policies & procedures. We believe that The Salvation Army should be involved in the community and that networking between agencies is a given, not an option. We expect every employee to represent the Salvation Army ideals of helping everyone without discrimination in all regards. We believe that every person is created by God and should be regarded as such. We pass no judgment on people, regardless of religious beliefs, lifestyle choices, addictions in process, etc. We expect employees of The Salvation Army to do the same.