Commissioners Bronwyn and Lyndon Buckingham, originally from the New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa 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. Commissioner Lyndon assumed his current appointment as The Chief of the Staff on 3 August 2018 and Commissioner Bronwyn as the World Secretary for Spiritual Life Development on 1 January 2021, having previously served as the World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.
Over the years of their 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 1 February 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 Leader Development.
Bronwyn and Lyndon are parents to Daniel, married to Juanita, and Emma, married to Jaden. Daniel and Juanita are Corps Officers and Emma, a single spouse officer, holds a Social Ministry appointment, with Jaden a mechanical engineer in the Airforce, all in New Zealand. They are continually blessed, encouraged and challenged by the desire of their adult children to serve God in their generation. They are also proud grandparents to Israel and Tobias.
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 He is continuing to grow and stretch her (Philippians 1:6). She desires to be the woman God is calling her to be and is passionate to be part of an Army where the next generation will choose to embrace their leadership calling.
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)
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!