June 22, 2018
David Kelly to be New Leader of Massachusetts Salvation Army

June 11, 2011 — The Salvation Army of Massachusetts has named David Kelly as its new leader, replacing William Bode nine months after he halted the organization’s 70-year affiliation with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.

Bode has been reassigned to a Salvation Army division in Pittsburgh, according to a report in today’s Boston Globe, after leading The Salvation Army of Massachusetts for nearly five years.

Kelly and his wife, Naomi, both children of retired Salvation Army officers, were appointed divisional leaders of the Northern New England Division in 2005, responsible for all aspects of Salvation Army service in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

David Kelly is a 1980 graduate of the Salvation Army's School for Officer Training, and has a master of arts degree in leadership and ministry. He previously served on the Territorial Kroc Taskforce which was responsible for the identification of appropriate locations for Kroc Centers in the east. He has served on The Salvation Army's National Legal Commission; a body of six members who make recommendations to national Salvation Army leadership on all legal matters.

When he announced last year that the Salvation Army was cutting ties with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, opting instead to appeal directly to businesses with its own payroll deduction contribution program, Bode said the move was intended to enable the Salvation Army to “better plan, fund and execute the programs and services residents rely on.”

According to the Globe, Bode had a similar break United Way once before: “In 2004, as regional leader for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, Bode severed a 107-year relationship with United Way of Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

While leading the Massachusetts organization, Bode oversaw the completion of the $115 million, 6.5 acre Kroc Corps Community Center on the Dorchester/Roxbury Line in Boston, which opened this past April. The 90,000-square-foot complex is reputed to be the largest community center in New England.

The Salvation Army undertook a $30 million capital campaign to build the Center, to match $85.5 million contributed by a bequest of Joan Kroc. Fifty million dollars of the bequest was to fund an endowment to sustain the Center.

The Kroc Center was designed to provide more than 100 programs, including aquatics, recreation, fitness, arts, senior activities, education, and workforce development.

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