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Commissioners Osborne Bio


Both Commissioner and Mrs. James Osborne are third-generation Salvation Amry officers. Together, the Osbornes have had a lifelong career in the Salvation Army's leadership.

Commissioners Osborne come to the Cascade Division out of retirement. Their last appointment being National Leaders. During their retirement they have been very active as guest speakers for a host of events.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Commissioner Jamnes Osborne was commissioned in 1947 from The Salvation Army's School for Officers' Training, Atlanta, Georgia. In 1991, the Commissioner

received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Gordon College. He is listed in Who's Who in Religion and Who's Who in America.

Commissioner Ruth Osborne is a graduate of the junior college at the University of Baltimore and the School for Officers' Training, Atlanta, Georgia. She also attended George Washington University and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Commissioners Osborne served together in field appointments at Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Owensboro, Kentucky; and Miami, Florida. They also served in administrative appointments in five divisions of the Southern Territory: Kentucky-Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Maryland and Northern West Virginia, the National Capital/Virginias, and Florida.

In 1984, after three years as the Western Territory's Chief Secretary, Commissioner James Osborne became National Chief Secretary while Commissioner Ruth Osborne was made Assistant to the National President of Women's Organizations after three years as the West's Home League Secretary.

Commisioner James Osborne has served on various Salvation Army national commissions: for two terms he was Chairman of the National Planning and Development Commission; Chairman of the Commissioners Conference and the Advisory Council to Eva Burrows, international leader of The Salvation Army.

He served on the boards of the Christian Children's Fund, the National Association of Evangelicals (Executive Committee), Christian Management Association (Vice-Chairman and Chairman), Religious Alliance Against Pornography (Executive Committee), and VISA Cable Television Network. He has also been The Salvation Army's representative to numerous public and private organizations.

Commissioner Ruth Osborne was The Salvation Army's National President of Women's Organizations. Earlier appointments included: Divisional Director of Women's Services; Territorial Home League Secretary; and Assistant to the National President of Women's Organizations. She is the only Salvation Army officer to have served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Veteran's Administration Voluntary Services. She also traveled nationally and internationally, speaking to Salvation Army audiences.

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