Two new mission presidents have been announced by the First Presidency. Reynaldo Ibanez Vergara has been called to lead the new Philippines Ilagan Mission, which was created Sept. 1. (See story on page 3.) Escar Jesse Decker Jr., serving a mission with his wife in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission, was called as president of that mission July 28. He succeeds Pres. George T. Brooks, who died in an automobile accident July 26.
Reynaldo Ibanez Vergara, 70, Bacolor Branch, Angeles Philippines Stake, former mission president, mission president's counselor, patriarch, district president and bishop; former employee with U.S. armed forces, assistant recorder in the Manila temple; received bachelor of laws degree from Far Eastern University; born in Manila, Philippines, a son of Eusebio delos Santos Vergara and Rosalina Pangan Ibanez; married Obdulia Yalung Navarro; five children. She is a Sunday School and Relief Society teacher, former stake Relief Society secretary, district Relief Society president; born in San Fernando, Philippines, a daughter of Pelagio Dizon and Maria delos Santos Yalung Vergara.Escar Jesse Decker Jr., 60, Bowling Green Ward, Nashville Tennessee Stake, former high councilor, high priests group leader, branch president, branch president's counselor and elders quorum president; retired school administrator; earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Kentucky University; born in Bowling Green, Ky., to Escar Jesse and Jessie Jurldine Byrns Decker; married Patricia Ann Spencer; four children. She is a former teacher and counselor in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society; and Primary in-service teacher; born in Bowling Green, Ky., to Henry W. and Vivian Lee Hoover Spencer.