The Salvation Army Ludington Corps was first opened in April, 1894 with Captain and Mrs. Webb as Corps Officers and Lietenant Wiggins as the assistant. Salvation Army rented sites included a South Rowe Street address (“Wing Hall”), 501 Delia St., 11 Goodell, 309 W. Court, 139 and 207 E. Dowland, 209 N. William, 308 and 312 W. Ludington Avenue. The Army closed in 1916 partly due to no officers available but reopened again in 1919 by Captain and Mrs. Chas. Ward at 807 E. Court Street. The William Rath Building (108 S. Rath Ave.) was presented to the Army in Ludington from 1936 – 1961. The Corps Officers were adjutant and Mrs. William Kuchta when the Army was given this property. In 1961 under the leadership of the Ludington Advisory Board and corps Officers, Major and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Welch, the present site at 112-116 E. Melendy St. was secured with funds from the community through a capital campaign.
History Trivia: Mrs. Maude Ballington Booth, daughter-in-law of the founders, William & Catherine Booth, and wife of the founder of Volunteers of America spoke in Ludington March 14, 1906.
Our Statements of Faith
- We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
- We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
- We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead-the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
- We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
- We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
- We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
- We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
- We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
- We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.