They may not be the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word “Salvation”, but this fervent group of bikers is determined to carry out The Salvation Army’s mission to, meet human needs and be a transforming influence their communities across the country.
The Salvation Riders Motorcycle Club began June 30, 2001 in Oslo, Norway. Founder and president of Salvation Riders, Odd Arild Olsen envisioned a group of Christian motorcycle enthusiasts, taking their place in the motorcycle community, providing a witness to individuals who are difficult for the typical Christian to connect with. The group caught the attention of Salvation Army motorcyclists in Canada, and now Canada has more than 25 members in British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland.
Calvin Collins, national president of the Canadian Salvation Riders MC, has been a Salvation Army pastor for more than 30 years. He began riding 12 years ago while posted in Bermuda, and continued riding while serving as a missionary in Pakistan. He was looking for an opportunity to make contact with other Christians interested in ministry and motorcycle riding and is excited about the opportunities that the Salvation Riders presents.
Members of the Salvation Riders are also members of The Salvation Army. They are committed to its beliefs and its standards.
These cyclists minister both within the motorcycle world and The Salvation Army. They recently attended “PD13” on July 13, a gathering of motorcyclists from all over the world at Port Dover, Ontario, held whenever Friday falls on the 13th.
The Motorcycle Club participates in The Salvation Army toy run at Christmas, helping to provide toys for needy children. They volunteer their time at Christmas kettles. They are also looking for opportunities to become involved in prison ministries, and in work with young people.
Article by Kim Walter