Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams are the Territorial Leaders for The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Based at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Southwark, London, the Commissioners have responsibility for more than 800 corps and social work centres, as well as many thousands of officers, members, lay staff and volunteers in the UK and Ireland.
Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams, a teacher by profession, was born in South Africa. His wife Norwegian-born Commissioner Marianne Adams is the Territorial President of Women’s Ministries.
The couple married in 1990 following an unusual courtship conducted over the expanse of two continents using only letters, the occasional telephone call and a total of six weeks together over the space of two years. They have two grown-up children, Robert, 21, and Kristin, 19, both living in Norway.
Their appointments together as Salvation Army officers include service as corps leaders, youth secretaries, leaders of a Training College for officers, and in divisional leadership. They were appointed as leaders of the Norway, Iceland & Faeroes Territory in December 2010.
Outside of The Salvation Army the couple share a love reading and nature walks. Commissioner Clive especially loves cricket, rugby and Manchester United - in that order! Clive dreams that soldiership be seen to be synonymous with discipleship throughout the Army, and that South Africa will soon win the cricket World Cup! Commissioner Marianne enjoys nature and music, finding inspiration from the songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither and, as a good Scandinavian, is very fond of Abba.
Watch the video of Clive and Marianne's installation at Regent Hall