New mission presidents

Eight new mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. The new mission presidents and their assignments are:

Clifford A. Brennan, 61, Texas Houston East Mission; Garden Grove 7th Ward, Garden Grove California Stake; temple ordinance worker and high priests group leader; former regional representative, mission president's counselor, multi-region public affairs director, stake president and counselor, stake executive secretary, and bishop; retired marketing director for Hunt-Wesson Foods; received bachelor's degree in marketing from BYU and master's degree in business administration from Stanford University; born in Walla Walla, Wash., to Clifford Arthur and Fannie Marie Requa Brennan; married Stania Lott, five children. She is a temple ordinance worker and stake seminary supervisor; former stake Relief Society president, stake Relief Society chorister, Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher and in-service leader; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Lehi, Utah, to Wallace Stanley and Lela Rae Wing Lott.- Royall E.S. Charsley, 42, Colorado Denver South Mission; Walmer Branch, Port Elizabeth South Africa District; mission president's counselor; former district president, institute teacher, ward mission leader, elders quorum president, Young Men president, and Sunday School teacher; attorney; received law degree from the University of Port Elizabeth; born in Luanshya, Zambia, to Douglas Edgar and Georgina Stanley Spear Charsley; married Jean Matthews, five children. She is district Relief Society president; former district Primary president, ward Young Women president, Primary president, Relief Society president's counselor, and music director; attended Wits University; born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Lyle Sherwell and Evereld Blanche Hall Matthews.

Preston J. Checketts, 52, California Roseville Mission; Bear River 1st Ward, Brigham City Utah North Stake; Sunday School teacher; former stake president, high councilor, bishop, ward clerk, elders quorum president, Varsity Scout leader, and Explorer Scout leader; high school counselor; received bachelor's degree in psychology and counseling certificate in educational psychology from the University of Utah; born in Brigham City, Utah, to Newell C and Rula Hannah Rasmussen Checketts; married Louise Backman, five children. She is Young Women president's counselor; former Young Women president, Primary teacher, assistant Cubmaster, Webelos Scout leader, Blazer Scout leader, assistant Blazer Scout district leader, Sunday School teacher, and nursery leader; attended LDS Business College; born in Salt Lake City to Robert LeGrand and Virginia Pickett Backman.

Banyan A. Dadson, 57, Nigeria Lagos Mission; Ola University Ward, Cape Coast Ghana Stake; high councilor; former district president's counselor, branch president, and elder's quorum president; director of planning for the University of Cape Coast; received bachelor's degree in chemistry and master's degree in the alkaloids from the University of Ghana, and doctorate in indole alkaloids from the University of Cambridge; born in Anomabo, Ghana, to Wonderful and Sarah Dadson; married Henrietta Arkhurst, seven children. She is stake Relief Society president's counselor; former Primary president and Relief Society president's counselor; born in Winneba, Ghana, to Samuel Appiah and Faustina Nee Payne Arkhurst.

Roberto Garcia A., 36, Ecuador Quito Mission; Cortijo 1st Ward, Bogota Colombia El Dorado Stake; mission president's counselor; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, mission president's secretary, district president, bishop's counselor, branch president, and missionary in the Bogota Colombia Mission; Church Educational System director; attended Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira and received degree in international relations from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano; born in Cali, Colombia, to Roberto Emilio Garcia F. and Vilma Ayala Garcia; married Carmen Ramos C., five children. She is Primary president's counselor; former Young Women president's counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, Young Women and Primary teacher; attended Universidad Santiago de Cali; born in Cali, Colombia, to Rafael Ramos M. and Maria Ines Castro G. de Ramos.

D. Rex Gerratt, 59, Philippines Manila Mission; Unity 2nd Ward, Burley Idaho Stake; high priests group leader; former regional representative, stake president, stake clerk, bishop and counselor, ward clerk, and elders quorum president's counselor; dairy farmer; attended Utah State University; born in Heyburn, Idaho, to Donald Wayne and Ann Bailey Gerratt; married Marjorie Crane, nine children. She is Relief Society homemaking leader; former teacher development and inservice leader, Young Women and Primary president, Relief Society president's counselor, Blazer Scout leader, Relief Society teacher, and ward and auxiliary organist; born in Burley, Idaho, to Elmer LeRoy and Mary Cottrell Crane.

Timothy L. Parker, 49, Bolivia Cochabamba Mission; Sunset Ward, Tacoma Washington South Stake; stake missionary and Spanish branch Young Men president; former high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop and counselor, high priests group leader, elders quorum president, seminary teacher, Young Men president, and missionary in the North Argentina Mission; Boeing contract administrator; received bachelor's degree in biology from BYU; born in Salt Lake City to Harold and Genevieve Tidwell Parker; married Sherry Cheney, six children. She is stake Primary president; former Young Women president and adviser, Primary president's counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, Relief Society and Primary teacher, and Cub Scout den leader; attended BYU; born in Alameda, Calif., to Lyle Rue and Zita Schukman Cheney.

Alan J. Parry, 51, Guatemala Guatemala City North Mission; Granite Reef Ward, Mesa Arizona Salt River Stake; bishop; former stake president, bishop and counselor, Young Men president, branch president, Scoutmaster, and missionary in the West Mexican Mission; attorney; received bachelor's degree in psychology and law degree from Arizona State University; born in Prescott, Ariz., to Richard Adrian and Nina Belle Tenney Parry; married Susan Aycock, five children. She is Laurel adviser; former Relief Society president and counselor, Primary president, Young Women president's counselor, Relief Society visiting teaching coordinator, Primary pianist, Relief Society teacher, and Cub Scout den leader; attended Mesa Community College; born in Mesa, Ariz., to Wallace Rea and Vera Nadine Sirrine Aycock.

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