Captain Mark Waghorn - Commanding Officer
Hello I am the Commanding Officer of Belfast Citadel. My primary roles are Pastor, Preacher and Teacher of The Salvation Army Church, but also have the overall responsibility of overseeing all the Church activities and day to day running of the Corps. I am originally from Canvey Island in Essex and until July 2015 had always lived in the South East of England. I wasn’t brought up in a church family and did not go to Church as a child until I was 13 when my school music teacher invited children from school to a see a Christian rock band at a local Salvation Army. My sister was going and I thought it would be funny to tag along, mainly to wind her up and mess about! However it was God who had the laugh when that evening I discovered the love of Jesus and felt the presence of The Holy Spirit upon my life. I immediately realised that I was to be a follower of Jesus and wanted to find out more about being a Christian. I tried many local churches before making my Spiritual home at The Salvation Army in Grays Essex. At first I was happy to take a back seat but as time went on I was becoming more involved in church life. First I started to teach children in Sunday School then took on the responsibility of Youth Leader within the church whilst working full time as a Baker in Sainsbury’s. As time went on I was becoming very unsettled in work and realised that God was calling me into full time ministry within The Salvation Army. In September I entered The William Booth Training College in London and was commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer in May 2003. I spent 5 years as Corps Officer in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire then 7 years in Shoeburyness, Essex before moving to Belfast in July 2015. I have a love for people and a passion to serve God and a desire to share his love to the community around me, to bring the Hope, Light and Love that Jesus offers. May God richly bless you Mark
Majors Ian and Sally McBride - Commanding Officers
It is our privilege and pleasure to take this opportunity of introducing ourselves to all at Belfast Citadel.
Noel Moore - CSM (Corps Sergeant Major)
Rather a fetching picture of me don't you think?
I have various roles - I am responsible for outreach & evangelism work - organizing open air meetings for instance. I am a member of the team who are responsible for the Sound Reinforcement System, multimedia & video projector and produce the CDs for our CD Ministry. I am involved in the collation of items for our Corps Magazine and for the printing, collating stapling and distribution of the magazines. I produce the monthly prayer diaries and leaflets and posters for our outreach work and for the noticeboard. I manage the corps website and collect statistics. I am a member of our Pastoral Care Council. When the officer is away, I am responsible for looking after the corps. On the musical front, I sing in the songsters, play Bass in the band and lead the worship band, where I also play bass guitar.
John Moore - Band Master
I have been the bandmaster at Belfast Citadel since 1998. Along with my team of band locals, I seek to provide support in the form of brass band music for Sunday meetings at the corps and for outreach activities. Besides having responsibility for the senior band, I also run the learners brass group - our 'Kids Alive Band' - which is for primary school children who attend our Wednesday night 'Kids Alive' Club.
Jayne Moore - Songster Leader
My primary responsibility at the Corps is leading the Songsters. This position allows me to do what I do best – encourage folk to sing to the highest standard they can, and in so doing, to honour God. I am also the Corps pianist, solo horn player in the band and a member of the worship group. I have a passion for music-making and firmly believe that music touches the heart and soul, so whether a participant or an appreciative listener, a person can be drawn closer to God. I assist with children’s ministry, and work with those who attend our Kids Alive Club and brass learners group.
Minn Moore - Recruiting Sergeant
I am a lifelong Salvationist and enjoy serving God through The Salvation Army. I sing in the choir (not very well). I also work with young people and help with lunch club.
Jack Moore - Retired Corps Secretary
I had not gone to any church for many years and had no intention of doing so. I did not need God or religion in my life.
I had settled down to my own way of life - I had a job, a nice home, a loving wife and 3 lovely children. What more did I need? Going to church or serving God had never crossed my mind, but God had other plans !
My eldest daughter had been going to The Salvation Army for a few years without any help or encouragement from myself or my wife. But it was when my second daughter wanted to go as well that the problems started. We lived in Dunmurry - about 6 miles from the centre of Belfast. Since she could not get a lift, I had to act as taxi driver, and started to stay for the meetings rather than call back for the girls at the end. I discovered that I was actually enjoying the meetings and something was missing from my life if I did not go on a Sunday evening.
After a few months I sensed that God was speaking to me, but I tried not to take any notice. I ignored God’s challenge for 6 months until it got so strong that I could not ignore it any longer. I made the decision to give my life and time fully over to Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I take great strength and encouragement from the fact that God first loved me and then he chose me - a very ordinary person with all my faults and failings, to serve him here in Belfast.
In the Salvation Army I have found great comfort and support being around my friends and fellow Christians, I believe my faith has grown and matured over the years. I was for many years Secretary at The Citadel and enjoyed working and serving God in this way. I also enjoy listening to Christian music and playing in the Band.
That is all very well and comfortable for me, but what do I do to spread the good news of the gospel? For many years I have been interested in maintaining and riding vintage motorcycles. Becoming a Christian hasn’t changed that. I am chairman of a large and successful vintage club and I ride a 1958 650cc BSA Gold Flash. The 275 members are a very mixed crowd of bikers indeed! I endeavour to be faithful to Christ in all that I do in the club.
The change that took place in my life occurred over 30 years ago – I was over 40 at the time. Why God waited so long I have no idea, but I do know that now I could not get through a day without him.
Now I start each morning thanking God for whatever comes my way during the day. God has the answer to all my needs because I trust him fully in all things.