James Alfred Osborne

James Osborne

Title: Religious Organization Administrator
Location: Clearwater, Florida, United States

James Osborne, Religious Organization Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious administration.

Mr. Osborne is the third generation in his family to be active with The Salvation Army. In his charge, he spent 46 years with the organization, joining as a corps officer in 1947 and retiring in 1993 as the USA national commander. In addition, he has inspired his own family to follow in his footsteps. His daughter and son-in-law, as well as his grandson Phillip, are officers in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as his granddaughter Stephanie, who is a director of The Salvation Army Camp in Kentucky alongside her husband, Victor. In his career with the service, among the highlights are organizing a national conference in Washington where he was able to have Billy Graham as the speaker and the relocation of The Salvation Army National Headquarters to Alexandria, Virginia.

The decision to join The Salvation Army was quite easy for Mr. Osborne, who describes this moment as his calling. He graduated from The Salvation Army College in 1947 and later completed courses as a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 1991, he was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Gordon College on behalf of his work. During his time with The Salvation Army, he worked as a divisional commander for several states, the national chief secretary, a territorial commander of the southern states, a public relations secretary, a city commander and a commanding officer among various other roles. In his career, Mr. Osborne has been recognized with the Order of Founder from The Salvation Army, and as a Christian Executive of the Year from the Christian Management Association. In addition, he maintained professional affiliation with the Chattanooga Pastors Association, the Virginia and West Virginia Welfare Conferences and Rotary International.

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