Official Engagements

Commissioners Mark (Territorial Commander) and Julie Campbell (Territorial President of Women’s Ministries)

25 Feb–5 Mar: SPEA Zonal Leaders Conference, Seoul, South Korea (Julie only)

27 Feb–1 Mar: Midland Division Summer Councils, Hamilton, Midland Division (Mark only)

2–3 Mar: Visits to areas affected by Cyclone Gabrielle (Mark only)

13 Mar: Central Division Officers Councils, BCM 

26 Mar: Visit to Rangiora Corps, Rangiora, Southern Division 

27 Mar: Just Brass and visit to Southern Divisional Headquarters

Colonel Gerry Walker (Chief Secretary)

25 Feb–5 Mar: SPEA Zonal Leaders Conference, Seoul, South Korea 

9–10 Mar: SLT Strategic Awareness with Midland Division

13 Mar: Central Division Officers Councils, BCM 

27–28 Mar: Personnel Conference

Lt-Colonel Liz Gainsford (Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development)

25 Feb–5 Mar: SPEA Zonal Leaders Conference, Seoul, South Korea

6–10 Mar: IOTALDC Conference

13 Mar: Central Division Officers Councils, BCM 


Promotion to Glory Major Muriel Gooder on Sunday 29 January 2023 from Ranfurly Home and Hospital, Auckland, aged 88 years. Muriel Blanche Jarvis was born in Melbourne, Australia on 18 January 1935. Muriel married Kelvin Gooder on 3 November 1956 and together they were active in the Eden Corps before entering the Training College as Cadets in the ‘Pioneer’ Session on 11 April 1959. On 23 January 1960 Muriel and Kelvin were commissioned and appointed as Corps Officers, Stratford Corps. Appointments followed as Corps Officers to Onehunga Corps (1962); Foxton Corps (1964); St Albans Corps (1966); Dunedin South Corps (1969); Oamaru Corps (1971); and Hastings Corps (1974).  Muriel and Kelvin continued a shared ministry with social service appointments where Muriel was appointed as Matron to the following appointments at Hodderville Boy’s Home (1976); Temuka Children’s Home (1978); Masterton Children’s Home and Day Care Centre (1982); and Auckland Epsom Lodge Eventide Care (1983). With a move to Territorial Headquarters in January 1984 Muriel was appointed as Territorial Companions Clubs Secretary and Territorial Headquarters Prayer Convener. An appointment as Matron, Auckland Railton Hotel followed in 1985, before returning to Territorial Headquarters as Territorial League of Mercy Secretary. In June 1990 Muriel and Kelvin were appointment as Assistants, Norman Kirk Home, Upper Hutt, and with a change of name to the Home, were appointed as Managers, Norman Kirk Centre for the Elderly in 1991. In 1992 they moved to Wellington where Muriel was appointed as Assistant Officer, Wellington Bridge Programme, which was followed by appointments as Assistant, Auckland City Community and Family Services (1994); Corps Officer, Rotoroa Island (July 1994); Divisional Senior Adult Ministries Secretary, Northern Division (1997), with an additional appointment as Divisional Secretary for Retired Officers (1998). Majors Muriel and Kelvin Gooder retired from active service on 23 January 2001 and remained in Auckland. In May 2005 Muriel received an appointment in retirement to New Lynn Corps as Toy Library Coordinator and Budget Advisor/Financial Mentor and continued in this role until 2020, being held in high regard within the community. Major Kelvin Gooder was promoted to Glory on 12 June 2012. We honour Major Muriel for her 38 years and 6 months of active service and continued service throughout her retirement, with her beautiful heart after God, wonderful smile for all and continued interest in people and their families. Please uphold Muriel’s sister Major Evelyn Millar, Muriel’s daughters Marian, Faye, Vicki and their extended families including extended family of daughters Karen, Robyn and Fiona (all deceased) in your prayers at this time of grief and loss.

Major Merilyn Goldsack on Saturday 4 February 2023, from Parklane Retirement Village, Addington, Christchurch, aged 79 years. Merilyn Judith Hopwood was born in Ashburton on 27 February 1943. Merilyn married Kevin Goldsack on 13 July 1963 and together they entered The Salvation Army Training College, from the Palmerston North Corps on 25 February 1964 as cadets of the ‘Proclaimers of the Faith Session’. Following their commissioning on 16 January 1965 as Cadet Lieutenants, Merilyn and Kevin were appointed as Assistant Officers, Whatman Children’s Home, Masterton, and Assistant Officers, Carterton Corps on 29 July 1965. Merilyn and Kevin were promoted in rank to Lieutenant on 16 January 1966. Appointments followed as Corps Officers, Woodville Corps in 1968; Corps Officers, Brooklyn/Island Bay Corps in 1969, before returning to Whatman’s Children Home, Masterton, as Assistants in 1970. Following a break in their service Merilyn and Kevin continued in a shared ministry appointed as Assistant Officers, Epsom Lodge Auckland in January 1977. Appointments followed with Merilyn being appointed as Matron to Bridge Programme Wellington, and Arawhata Recuperation Centre, Akatarawa (1978); Director, Christchurch Bridge Programme and Addington Social Service Centre (1982); Matron, The Nest Child Care Centre, Hamilton (1984); Assistant Officer, Auckland Bridge Programme (1989); and Counsellor/Therapist, Auckland Bridge Programme (1991). It was in this appointment that Merilyn and Kevin started the Recovery Church Ministry which is very much part of The Salvation Army today.In 1997 Merilyn and Kevin were transferred to the Australian Eastern Territory where Merilyn was appointed Counsellor/Therapist, Sydney William Booth Drug and Rehabilitation Centre, followed by an appointment as Manager, Gold Coast Fairhaven Drug and Rehabilitation in 1998. Returning to New Zealand in 2000 Merilyn was appointed Divisional Director of Women’s Organisations, Divisional Secretary for Volunteers and Divisional Secretary for Retired Officers, Southern Division. In 2013 Merilyn and Kevin moved to Palmerston North as their base as when appointed National Mission Directors, Employment Plus, and it is from this appointment that Merilyn retired on 28 February 2009. In retirement Merilyn supported Kevin overseeing the Woodville Corps and held an appointment in retirement with Kevin as Corps Officers, Palmerston North Corps for four months from October 2009. Major Kevin Goldsack was promoted to Glory on 25 September 2015. We honour Major Merilyn Goldsack for her 38 years, 5 month and 29 days of active Officership and her continued ministry in retirement. We also thank God for her faithful service lived out in her love for others, always with a gracious and cheerful heart.  Please support Merilyn’s children Suzanne, Andrea and Matthew, grandchildren, great grandchild and other family members in your prayers in this time of grief and loss.

Bereavements: Gaylene Harvey passed away on Friday 26 January 2023, aged 57 years. Gaylene was an officer of The Salvation Army from 2004 through 2017 and will be known to many. Please uphold Gaylene’s family in prayer at this difficult time of grief and loss.

Frank Henderson, the father of Auxiliary Captain Neil Henderson, passed away on Thursday 12 January 2023, from Paihia, aged 84 years old. We ask you to uphold in prayer Auxiliary Captains Neil and Tiana Henderson and their extended family at this time of grief and loss

Births: We are pleased to advise that Lieutenant Bale Tuinaceva has given birth to a baby girl, Debra Talei Tuinaceva on Wednesday 21 December 2022. May God bless Lieutenants Akuila and Bale Tuinaceva, Timoci and Kelera as they welcome Debra into their family.

Resignation: Effective 30 January 2023, The Territorial Commander announces with regret the resignation from officership of Major Nigel De Maine. Nigel, with his wife Christine, entered training as cadets of the Visionaries session in 2004. Following their commissioning on 10 December 2005, Nigel was appointed, together with Christine, as Corps Officers, Westgate Corps. This was followed by appointments for Nigel as Assistant Corps Officer, Mt Albert Corps (2012); Corps Officer, Pukekohe Corps (2013) and Corps Officer, Rangiora Corps (2017). We thank Major Nigel De Maine for his 17 years, 1 month and 21 days of active service as an Officer of The Salvation Army. Major Christine De Maine will continue in her current appointment (Hēkeretari-Ā-Wehenga Te Waipounamu, Manatū Māori/Divisional Secretary for Southern Division Māori Ministry) as a Single Spouse Officer. We pray God’s blessing over Nigel and Christine in the days ahead as they transition into this new season.

Effective 6 February 2023, the Territorial Commander announces with regret the resignation from officership of Captain Matthew Herring. Matthew, with his wife Rebekah, entered training as cadets of the Ambassadors of Holiness session in 2009. Following their commissioning on 11 December 2010, Matthew was appointed, together with Rebekah, as Corps Officers, South Otago Corps. This was followed by appointments for Matthew as Divisional Youth and Candidates Secretary, Fiji Division (2013); Corps Officer, Grandview Corps (2015), with an additional appointment as ILU Referral Officer, Nawton; and Mission Assistant, Auckland Bridge Recovery Church (2021). We thank Captain Matthew Herring for his 12 years, 1 month and 26 days of active service as an Officer of The Salvation Army. Captain Rebekah Herring will apply to continue in her current appointment (Mission Officer Papakura, Supportive Housing – Addictions, Supportive Housing and Reintegration Services) as a Single Spouse Officer.

International Appointments and Promotion: Effective 1 March 2023, Majors Christian and Christiana Azubuike, officers of the Nigeria territory currently serving respectively as secretary for Spiritual Life Development and Child Protection Coordinator in that territory are appointed as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Nigeria Territory. They will take up their new appointment responsibilities with the rank of lieut-colonel. They will succeed Lieut-Colonels Isaac and Eva Danso who will be retiring from active service.I know you will also join us in praying God’s richest blessing upon our comrades as they prepare to assume their new appointment responsibilities.

Appointment: Effective 3 March 2022, Major Racheal-Lee Kendrick’s appointment as Corps Officer, Redcliffe Corps, Queensland Division, Australia Territory will be concluding. She will be returning to New Zealand on 3 March 2022, and will be awaiting an appointment. Please pray for Major Racheal-Lee Kendrick as she prepares to relocate back to New Zealand.