Eight new mission presidents, called by the First Presidency, have been announced. The new leaders and their wives will begin service about July 1. Their assignments will be announced later. The new leaders and their wives are:
Lowell Coy Barber, 56, Pasco 4th Ward, Pasco Washington Stake; Area Authority Seventy; former stake president, bishop, counselor in bishopric, seminary teacher and missionary. Attorney. Born in Tacoma, Wash., to David Keith and Gloria Louise Coy Barber. Married Shannon Fielding, six children.
A Relief Society president, she is a former Primary president and counselor in Relief Society presidency. Born in Powell, Wyo., to Marion Orland and Faye Jackson Fielding.
Kenneth Russell Harris, 51, Bear Canyon Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico Stake; public affairs missionary in the Philippines Area; former counselor in stake Sunday School presidency, high councilor, counselor in bishopric and missionary in the North Germany Hamburg Mission. Partner in private business. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to James Kenneth and Emma Margaret Koller Harris. Married Margrit Lilly Fischbacher, three children.
A public affairs missionary with her husband, she is a former stake employment specialist, counselor in Relief Society and Primary presidencies and missionary in the North Germany Hamburg Mission. Born in Rondebosch, South Africa, to Ernst and Nelly Hiltpold Fischbacher.
Dean Condie Jensen, 57, Las Sendas Ward, Mesa Arizona Salt River Stake; missionary in the Indonesia Jakarta Mission; former stake executive secretary and clerk, stake Young Men president, high councilor and bishop. President of Dean Jensen Construction Co. Born in Boise, Idaho, to Weldon Tolman and Roma Condie Jensen. Married Margaret Jean Hoopes, seven children.
A missionary with her husband in the Indonesia Jakarta Mission, she is a former counselor in the stake Young Women presidency, stake missionary, ward Relief Society and Young Women president and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Safford, Ariz., to Grover Lamro and Margaret Elaine Russell Hoopes.
Ralph Joseph Marsh, 66, Bonneville 1st Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake; counselor in bishopric; former stake Sunday School president, high councilor, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, gospel doctrine teacher and missionary in the Swedish mission. Attorney. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Marion Thirl and Mary LaNore Elggren Marsh. Married Judith Backman, seven children.
A Relief Society teacher, she is a former Young Women president, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Lambda Delta Sigma assistant area adviser and Church Service missionary. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert LeGrand and Virginia Pickett Backman.
Paul Bowen Pieper, 46, Europe East Area; branch president; former counselor in stake presidency, counselor in stake Young Men presidency, high councilor, Primary teacher and missionary in the Mexico Monterrey Mission. International development consultant. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Dee Meyers and Norma Bowen Pieper. Married Melissa Tuttle, six children.
A counselor in the ward Primary presidency, she is a former counselor in the stake Primary presidency, Relief Society and Young Women president. Born in Provo, Utah, to Albert Theodore and Marne Whitaker Tuttle.
Richard Farrell Raymond, 65, Edgewood Ward, Mesa Arizona Kimball East Stake; stake president; former stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop, high priests group leader and Sunday School teacher. Partner in an insurance firm. Born in Alhambra, Calif., to William Goodwin Jr. and Bertha May Gerrard Raymond. Married Nancy Kleven, 10 children.
A stake humanitarian leader, she is a former counselor in Relief Society presidency, Young Women adviser and nursery leader. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Cornelius Adolf and Hilda Evelyn Larson Kleven.
Brent LaMar Top, 50, Battle Creek 9th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah East Stake; high councilor; former counselor in stake presidency, bishop, high priests group leader and missionary in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission. Professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Norman and Alta Mary Cleverley Top. Married Wendy Lee Cope, four children.
A Sunday School teacher, she is a former Relief Society and Primary president, counselor in Young Women presidency and seminary teacher. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Ralph Palmer Jr. and Rhea Heileson Cope.
Glenn Fred Yost Jr., 56, Bancroft 1st Ward, Grace Idaho Stake; missionary in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission; former stake president, stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop and elders quorum president. Certified public accountant. Born in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Glenn Fred and Frances Carter Yost. Married Susan Cosper, five children.
A missionary with her husband in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission, she is a former stake Primary president and counselor in Young Women presidency, Relief Society and Young Women president and Sunday School teacher. Born in Whitefish, Mont., to John Coston and Melva Butler Cosper.