Cox was born in 1954 whilst his Salvation Army officer parents were serving in
Zimbabwe. The fact that the General was born in Africa to an English father and
Swiss mother makes him feel very much at home when working in different
marriage to Silvia Volet, they entered the International Training College in
London, England, and were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1979
returning to serve in corps appointments in Switzerland. From there, with three
small daughters, Myriam, Esther and Sarah, they were appointed to the Zimbabwe
Territory. Whilst in Harare Captain André Cox held various headquarters
appointments including that of Public Relations Secretary and Finance
Switzerland the Coxes were appointed to the Switzerland, Austria and Hungary
Territorial Headquarters and during their eight years of service in Bern, Major
André Cox was appointed as the Secretary for Communications and then as the
Secretary for Business Administration. This was a key time in his personal
development due to the heightened exposure to many aspects of Salvation Army
management and administration. Over the years has grown an increasing belief
that the handling of the business matters relating to The Salvation Army needs
to be conducted to the highest ethical and management standards as a true
reflection of sound biblical stewardship.
territorial leadership in Finland and Estonia, Southern Africa and the United
Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland have deepened General André's belief that:
is not by our works that we are saved, what we have received and believe must
translate into our everyday lives. We cannot escape the reality and the
inseparable link between belief and behaviour. The two must go hand in hand if
our Christian witness is to be authentic and meaningful. If it is true that we
belong to God, that we are building his Kingdom for eternity by sharing the
truth of the gospel then it must also be reflected in our daily living.'
elected the 20th General of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013. General Cox
shares his ministry with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, who is the World
President of Women's Ministries.
Along with his wife, the
General has a strong sense of family. They are very proud of their daughters
with their respective husbands and also their granddaughters, Rebecca, Lily,
Leona and Wendy.