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OOB 16: General and Commissioner Cox

Headline Old Orchard Beach 2016

GenandComCoxHeadlineOOB2016_mainGeneral André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, The Salvation Army’s international leaders, will headline the Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings, July 30–Aug. 5. They will install the Eastern Territory’s new leaders, Commissioners G. Lorraine and William A. Bamford lll.

“It’s the General’s first official visit to the mainland of the Eastern Territory,” says Major Margareta Ivarsson, assistant territorial program secretary.

The General and Commissioner Cox will speak on Saturday, July 30 and on Sunday, July 31, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. At the Saturday meeting, the Bamfords will be installed as territorial leaders.

The New York Staff Band, Eastern Territorial Songsters, and ARC Chorus will provide musical ministry for the weekend.

The children of officers, the Coxes have been officers themselves since 1979. The Army’s High Council elected André Cox as General in 2013.

The Coxes’ official biography reads, “As international leaders of The Salvation Army, the Coxes encourage the diligent reading of Scripture, the highest ethical standards that truly reflect sound biblical stewardship, and authentic Christian witness in which belief and behavior are indivisible, thereby ensuring the grace and love of Jesus are wholly reflected in daily living.”

On Monday, Aug. 1, the Coxes will be on hand when the Eastern Territorial Songsters and New York Staff Band perform in concert at 7 p.m.

Monday will begin with two Bible studies; one will be led by Commissioners Judith A. and R. Steven Hedgren, the former territorial leaders in the East. The study will occur each weekday in the Pavilion at 10 a.m.

The Hedgrens, who retired (effective April 1st) after 38 years as officers, served in the East as territorial leaders from 2010 to 2012. They returned to the Southern Territory in 2012 due to Commissioner Steven Hedgren’s health concerns and have served there as senior consultants.

For people who prefer the outdoors, Lieutenants Felix and Lorissa Padilla, assistant corps officers at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton, Ohio, will lead a beach Bible study each day at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2nd from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. on the Pavilion grounds, “Family Night” will offer activities such as pony rides, face–painting, and more.

Majors Jodi and Philip Lloyd, Youth Department leaders, will conduct the  Tuesday evening meeting at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion. Summer Brass and the Hands–On teams will also be there.

Wednesday, Aug. 3rd, will feature the Creative Arts Services Team (CAST) production, “Moses: An Old Story, A New Telling.” The show starts in the Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Carol Jaudes, who leads the Special Events & Arts Ministries Bureau, developed the script and concept for “Moses.” Kathryn Higgins is in charge of staging and choreography; Joseph Skinner, music; and Jerome Green, video.

There will be no meeting in the Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 4, as everything will move to the Pier as an evangelistic outreach. Commissioner William Bamford lll, territorial commander, will be among the speakers and Crossfire Brass will provide music. That evening, a fireworks display will conclude the festivities.

Each night of the camp meetings, a team of evangelists, dancers, singers, and actors will minister at the Pier from 7–10 p.m., under the direction of Envoys Sharon and Steve Bussey, leaders of The Salvation Factory.

Sharon Bussey says, “Unbound, CAST, and several other artists will perform. And taking place each night, we’ll have evangelists, prayer warriors, and volunteers conducting the children’s ministry.” She continued, “We anticipate another wonderful week of ministry where our desire is to see many people saved and others encouraged in their walk with the Lord.”

The camp meetings will close on Friday, Aug. 5, with a performance in the Pavilion by Christian comedian Ken Davis.

Davis’ website ( says he is a “best–selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country’s most sought–after inspirational and motivational speakers.”

by Robert Mitchell