James Alfred 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 a national commander. In addition, he has inspired his own family to follow in his footsteps. His grandson Phillip is an officer in Savannah, GA, 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, he considers the highlight to be organizing a national conference in Washington where he was able to have Billy Graham as the speaker.

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 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 a Decorated Order of Founder from the Salvation of the Year, 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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