Ecumenical News International

YMCA world council chooses Norwegian head

July 20, 2010

More than 1000 delegates from the world YMCA are meeting in Hong Kong where the alliance has chosen a Norwegian who was once a teacher and an army chaplain to lead it. The World Alliance of YMCAs on 18 July chose Rev. Johan Vilhelm Elvik who was ordained in 1981 to be its new general secretary based in Geneva. Speaking to ENInews on 19 July, Elvik said he was aware the YMCAs are "not the Church itself. It is possible for us to go further out and be at the frontline to meet people who are suffering, sharing the resources we have and the word of the Lord." (



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