About Jim

Commissioner Jim Knaggs, with his wife Commissioner Carolyn Knaggs, lead The Salvation Army’s work in the USA Western Territory (13 western states, Marshall Islands, Micronesia). As Territorial Commander he reports to the General of The Salvation Army at International Headquarters in the UK.

As an Officer of The Salvation Army (ordained minister), Jim has been appointed to a variety of roles over the last 37 years. Taking up this role in July 2010, he was previously the Territorial Commander of the Australia Southern Territory. All previous appointments have been in the United States, Eastern Territory. Having led a number of Salvation Army corps (churches), he has also had appointments with responsibility for youth, evangelism and growth, recruitment, musical ministries, and field operations.

In 1999, Jim was appointed as Divisional Commander of what became the largest division in the United States , and shortly after, was appointed to responsibility for all Personnel and HR functions for the Territory. In 2003 he became Chief Secretary, second in charge of Salvation Army operations for the administratively largest Territory in the USA. Jim took up the role of Territorial Commander of the Australia Southern Territory, with the rank of Commissioner, in 2006.

Jim spent 2 years in the US military and then worked as a project coordinator in education for parenting, before training as a Salvation Army Officer. He was ordained and commissioned in 1976. In 1995 he completed a Master of Professional Studies in Urban Ministries, through Alliance Theological Seminary.

Since being in Australia, Jim has co-authored three books with Major Stephen Court: ONE DAY: A Dream for the Australian Southern Territory. Melbourne: SALVO Publishing. (2007); and ONE THING: Win The World For Jesus. Melbourne: SALVO Publishing. (2008); and ONE ARMY. Long Beach: Frontier Press. (2011). All three books have been updated into a single global edition: ONE FOR ALL. Long Beach: Frontier Press. (2011).

Jim and Carolyn Knaggs immediate family includes three sons, four daughters in law, two nephews, a niece and five grandchildren.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Nancy DeBernardi

    Jim – My Mom, Lillian Best, your former Corps Cadet leader in Niagara Falls, was wondering how she could get a copy of the two books listed in this article. I printed this off for her to read yesterday – and she just cried tears of joy, I think – to see how much you have accomplished over the years. Proud tears. If you could let me know how I would go about ordering the books that would be great. This is Nancy (Best) DeBernardi from Maplewood, MN. Thank you.

  • Nancy DeBernardi

    Jim – My Mom, Lillian Best, your former Corps Cadet leader in Niagara Falls, was wondering how she could get a copy of the two books listed in this article. I printed this off for her to read yesterday – and she just cried tears of joy, I think – to see how much you have accomplished over the years. Proud tears. If you could let me know how I would go about ordering the books that would be great. This is Nancy (Best) DeBernardi from Maplewood, MN. Thank you.

    • Hi Nancy…Please give your mother my regards. I’ll send you a note on e-mail.

  • steven mapleback

    Hi,
    I’ve had on my mind for a while a few thoughts. Statistics are what they are! But anyway.
    In the MCD there are more soldiers than adherents. I believe there should be more adherents (maybe an updated name can be used?) than soldiers because this is the progress/stepping stone for persons on their faith journey to soldiership (or not if soldiership is too much of a commitment!). Adhenrents can provide identity and belonging. Also maybe the recruits roll can be a membership roll than can give none committed persons a place to and be identified and belong to the Salvation Army ( Gods Army).

    Thanks for the opportunity for the comment.

    God Bless you

    • i totally agree with you Stephen. How about another name for adherents?

  • Jim,

    I’m reaching out to see if you might have any interest in discussing video streaming and the benefits it can have for you at The Salvation Army? We work with several hundred churches and ministries throughout the world and I think you’d be interested in what we have to offer.

    Peace,

    Jeff Ivan
    Media Ministry Consultant
    316 Networks
    jivan@316networks.com
    678-325-4234

    • I’m very interested and have a great team in place to do it. Happy to discuss possibilities.

  • Doretta Martelli

    Jim,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you (and all of the Salvation Army officers scattered throughout the US and the world) for your dedication. I am an indirect result of your ministry — my grandfather was an alcoholic who was down on his luck for some years. As a young man, he would attend the Salvation Army services in Philadelphia just so that he was eligible to receive a free meal. It was during one of those obligatory services that the Lord spoke to his heart and he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. He later met my grandmother at church, and the rest, as they say, is history!

    • Doretta, With you, we marvel at the work of God. Your affirmative message is gratefully received. May God bless you and your family.

  • Jim,I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you (and all of the Salvation Army officers scattered throughout the US and the world) for your dedication. I am an indirect result of your ministry — my grandfather was an alcoholic who was down on his luck for some years. As a young man, he would attend the Salvation Army services in Philadelphia just so that he was eligible to receive a free meal. It was during one of those obligatory services that the Lord spoke to his heart and he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. He later met my grandmother at church, and the rest, as they say, is history!
    +1

    • Glad to hear from you. We’ve spent a lot of time in Philly through the years. I’m also blessed that your grandfather understood the love of God for himself. Everything changes for the better when that takes place. Hallelujah!

  • Mike Discher

    I was wondering if you were stationed in Germany btw 1971-1972?

    • Yep, Mike that was me and I know exactly who you are. I traded one Army for the other. I’ll drop you a note on email. Trusting you’re well.

  • Elaine Mansfield

    Hi from Hobart, Tasmania Australia
    Just wanted to send my warmest greetings to you and Carolyn and I trust that you are both well. You are thought of and prayed for often, we really miss you.
    Will be in the USA in October 2012, will try to say ‘hello’ if you are in the office when we get to your area.
    God’s blessing on you both.

    • Thanks, Elaine. We hope we’re able to see you.

  • Robert Raeburn

    Hi Jim, good to make your acquaintance. I spend a lot of time on Twitter, lifting up the Lord Jesus and spreading His Word to whomever is ready to receive.

    Everything you put your hand to shall prosper; no weapon formed against you shall prosper and no plague shall come near your dwelling.

    My wife and I graduated at Rhema Bible Training Centre, Perth, Western Australia, ’89-90.

  • Greetings to you and Carolyn and I thank frequently God for the opportunity to meet and share with you whilst you were the TC here in the Australian Southern Territory.

    Love your work!

  • Kaitlyn

    Hello – I am a high school student currently in ‘Voluntary Public Service’, I recently did a project about the Salvation Army, and I would really like to ask a few questions

  • So grateful to have met a man of God online…. Thanks for following my Twitter account! I would love to see how we can support each other even as we work in different parts of the world.

  • Chris Wild

    Mad respect for you and your open communication as a TC – Keep being awesome sir!

  • Trish

    I think for you to want to contact this person that was hurt by someone means a lot. I work for the Salvation Army in Tyler and it’s important that we pay attention to everyone around us, even those we work with not just those that come and stay with us.
    We are all tempted and be accountable for what ever we do that is NOT part of the Salvation Army.
    I was a resident there once, and they gave me strength, showed me God’s love and grace, and I hope that I do the same for anyone that comes there.

    Thank you for your strength in do what you are doing.

  • Dave Roehl

    My wife Darlene & I served as CO’s in Wyoming 1994-1998, then spent the next 11 years in pastoral ministry in ND….retiring early in 2009. Would love to come back out West to ministry once more with TSA…. Is there a place for two old prodigal soldiers….? Thank You for your open & honest leadership as the TC….! Dave

  • Dave Roehl

    Already done — Thanx for your kind & gracious openness once more!

    Dave & Darlene,

  • I wanted to appreciate your example and willingness to lead the Army in this ever-growing digital age. Thank you, sir!