UK’s Commissioner Shaw Clifton Elected 18th General
London, January 30 (idea) – The Salvation Army has elected a new world leader. Commissioner Shaw Clifton, currently Territorial Commander in the United Kingdom and Ireland, will be the next general from April 1.
When he takes over from General John Larsson on Larsson’s 68th birthday, Clifton will be in charge of three million „Soldiers of Christ“ in 111 countries.
The Salvation Army’s High Council – an assembly of national leaders and commissioners - elected Clifton January 28 after nine days of deliberations at Sunbury Court, a conference center outside London.
There were four other candidates: Israel L. Gaither (Chief of Staff), Hasse Kjellgren (Sweden), Carl Lydholm (Norway), and M. Christine MacMillan (Canada).
Clifton will serve as the 18th general of the Salvation Army, which was founded by the English Methodist minister William Booth (1829-1912) in 1865. Two generals were women: William Booth’s daughter Evangeline (1934-1939), and Eva Burrows of Australia (1986-1993).
Clifton is aged 60. He has served in his home territory, the UK, as well as at International Headquarters in London, in Zimbabwe, the USA, Pakistan, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. He has been married to his wife Helen since 1967.
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