Led By: Commissioners William A. and G. Lorraine Bamford
Special Guests: Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham

Location: Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033


Commissioning 2019 | Livestream


Time Event Location
Friday, June 14, 2019
6:30 PM Doors Open Great American Hall
7:00 PM Commencement Service Great American Hall
Saturday, June 15, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm EXHIBITIONS Great Lobby
8:00 – 9:30 AM Star Search Divisional Registration Tables Chocolate Lobby
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Trade Store Open Cocoa Ballroom 2-5
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Territorial Star Search Various Lodge Rooms
12:00 – 2:00 pm Servants of God Session Reunion Nigerian
1:00 – 3:30 PM Territorial Star Search Various Lodge Rooms
3:15 PM Doors Open Great American Hall
3:30 PM Eastern Territorial Staff Songsters Mini Concert Great American Hall
4:00 – 4:45 PM Star Search Awards Ceremony Great American Hall
5:00 PM Officer Service Recognition Dinner (By Invitation) Nigerian
7:00 PM Doors Open Great American Hall
7:30 PM Baby Comfort Area Bear’s Den Lobby & Nursing Room
7:30 – 9:15 PM “CHANGE A STORY – CHANGE A LIFE” Great American Hall
9:00 PM Young Adult Gathering TBD
Sunday, June 16, 2019
8:00 AM Candidates’ & Leaders’ Meet & Greet (By Invitation Only) Aztec
9:30 AM Doors Open Great American Hall
9:45 AM Children’s Meetings Registration Empire Lobby (Empire/Wild Rose)
10:00 AM Baby Comfort Area Bear’s Den Lobby & Nursing Room
10:00 AM Ordination & Commissioning Great American Hall
2:30 PM Doors Open Great American Hall
2:45 PM Children’s Meetings Registration Empire Lobby (Empire/Wild Rose)
3:00 PM Baby Comfort Area Bear’s Den Lobby & Nursing Room
3:00 PM Appointment Service Great American Hall

Commissioners Lyndon & Bronwyn Buckingham

Commissioners Bronwyn and Lyndon Buckingham, originally from the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory, are passionate representatives of The Salvation Army. They have served as officers since they were commissioned in 1990 as members of the Ambassadors for Christ Session. They assumed their current appointments as the Chief of the Staff and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries on August 3, 2018.

Over their 28 years of officership, they have served in corps appointments in New Zealand and Canada, as territorial youth and candidates secretaries, divisional leaders and territorial programme secretaries.

On February 1, 2013 the Buckinghams were appointed to the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, firstly as chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries, before assuming territorial leadership in June 2013. On 1 January 2018 they were appointed to lead the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, Commissioner Lyndon Buckingham as territorial commander and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham as territorial leader for leadership development.

Bronwyn and Lyndon are parents to Daniel and Emma, and their lovely daughter-in-law, Juanita. Daniel and Juanita are corps officers in Auckland, New Zealand, and Emma is a travel consultant, also in Auckland. They are proud grandparents to two-year-old Israel. They are continually blessed, encouraged and challenged by the desire of their adult children to serve God in their generation.

In each of their appointments, the Buckinghams have displayed a desire to see the great news of the gospel shared. Bronwyn is inspired by the belief that God has a new truth to reveal to her daily and compelled by the promise that God is continuing to grow each person (Philippians 1:6).

Lyndon is passionate about finding ways for The Salvation Army to be more effective in fulfilling its mission. He is determined to be faithful to the covenants he has made, and is motivated by verses from Paul’s letter to the Colossians: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men’ (Colossians 3:23 New International Version 1984).

Bronwyn’s desire is to be the woman God is calling her to be. She is passionate to be part of an Army where the next generations will choose to embrace their leadership calling.

Both are intent on enjoying life, endeavouring to stay fit by walking and jogging. They enjoy reading, watching good movies and are avid supporters of New Zealand’s ‘All Blacks’ rugby team!


Hershey Lodge



Children's Meetings

Children’s meetings will be held on Sunday June 16th, for both the 10am and 3pm services.



NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS: We will not be mailing “fast pass” bracelets prior to Commissioning. Instead, those who registered prior to the event will have the ability to check-in at our fast pass kiosk stations. All you’ll have to do, is type in the phone number that you used to pre-register, and then your child’s information will automatically be printed a bracelet right there! Once you’ve pre-registered, your job is done


Stay tuned for more informational videos in the coming weeks!

It is our goal to make the registration process as smooth as possible for every parent. If you have any questions or concerns, email us at useyouth@use.salvationarmy.org


Commissioning 2019