Linda Bond is a Canadian who rose through the ranks of the Salvation Army until, on January 31, 2011 she was elected by the High Council to be the next General of the Salvation Army, the worldwide leader of the Christian denomination and service organization. Bond assumed office on 2 April 2011 and served as the General (highest position in the Salvation Army) until her unexpected retirement on June 13, 2013.
General Linda Bond was born 22 June 1946 (age 66) in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Bond entered training college in Canada as a cadet in 1967 and was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer two years later. She spent the following nine years in corps (or local station) appointments.
Bond was next appointed as a member of the training staff at the College for Officer Training in Toronto, than moved to become a Territorial Candidates Secretary.
She returned to corps (local) ministry, becoming Commanding Officer of the Kitchener Corps, before going back to teaching at the College for Officer Training in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as Assistant Training Principal, Divisional Secretary of the Maritime Division and Divisional Commander of the same division.
Bond was recognized internationally by Salvationists when she was recruited to serve in World Headquarters as Under Secretary for Personnel starting in July 1995. She went on to serve in leadership positions in the UK, Canada and the Western USA.
10 years after Bond first moved to International Headquarters, she returned in July 2005 as Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations. Moving away briefly to service in Australia she was elected General in 2011.
By all accounts General Bond was a well regarded, well-loved leader of a well-regarded organization. Her departure after 44 years of ministry was not widely expected, especially since she was but one year away from mandatory retirement.
As General, Bond traveled extensively meeting with Army staff, world leaders, and carrying a heavy speaking appointment schedule. Her vision of "One Army; One Mission; One Message" will continue to resonate for years to come.