About Us

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 human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Des Plaines Corps is commanded By:
Captains David and Shannon Martinez

609 W. Dempster
Des Plaines, IL 60016-2651
Tel: 847-981-9111
Fax: 847-981-9110

Captains David and Shannon Martinezfamily photo
Captains David & Shannon Martinez are serving in their second appointment as Salvation Army Officers.

They met at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN where Shannon graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and David with a degree in TV Productions.

They married and moved to Indianapolis before travelling to Malawi, Africa and the Republic of Georgia to work for a year abroad for The Salvation Army.

They returned to the United States and entered The Salvation Army College for Officer’s Training in Chicago.

Their first appointment was to the South Side/Kroc Corps in Omaha, NE. They have 5 boys: Ed, Elijah, Samuel, Malachi, Zion.


Who is The Salvation Army ?
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’*

The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world
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Why are The Salvation Army Pastors called “Captains”?
Operations of The Salvation Army are supervised by trained, commissioned officers. They proclaim the gospel and serve as administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, youth leaders, and musicians.
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Why is The Salvation Army church called a “Corps”?
The basic service unit of The Salvation Army is the corps community center. Some cities may have several centers. They provide a variety of local programs, ranging from religious services and evangelistic campaigns to family counseling, day-care centers, youth activities, and general programs. The religious and social services implement the Army’s purpose of preaching the gospel to effect spiritual, moral, and physical reclamation. The corps community centers within defined geographical boundaries comprise a division, with more than 40 divisions in the United States responsible to their respective territorial headquarters. Specialized social work is conducted through adult rehabilitation centers within these divisional commands
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What is The Salvation Army history?
In 1865, William Booth was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became an instant success. This proved to be the end of his wanderings as an independent traveling evangelist. His renown as a religious leader spread thoughout London, and he attracted followers who were dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.