Religion: New Commander

As a teen-ager in Texas, John F. McMahon beat the drum and tootled the saxophone for the Volunteers of America, a U.S. offshoot of the Salvation Army that his father and mother had joined. Later he embarked on a promising career in an industrial catering business, but at 24 he decided that "there are things more important than money." He went back to the Volunteers.

In the years since then, John McMahon has seen the social workers of the Volunteers change from a band of eager amateurs to an organization of highly trained, specialized men and women, working more and more closely...

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