New world leader of Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has promoted Shaw Clifton, head of its UK operation, to be its next worldwide leader.

He was elected the 18th general of the Salvation Army in January and took over from General John Larsson on his retirement from the post on 2 April.

Clifton became a Salvation Army officer in London in 1973 and led the Salvation Army in Pakistan and the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territory.

He was made leader of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland territory in 2004.

His wife, commissioner Helen Clifton, has become the world president of women's ministries, succeeding commissioner Freda Larsson.

Commissioner John Matear will be the new leader of the Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland.

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