Johan V. Eltvik, a Norwegian who was once a teacher and an army chaplain, will lead the World Alliance of YMCAs.
Eltvik, a Lutheran, was chosen by more than 1,000 delegates gathered in Hong Kong in July. The World Alliance of YMCAs operates in 125 countries with a membership of more than 45 million.
Formed in Britain in 1844, the YMCA is ecumenical and volunteer-led.
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