New Presiding Bishopric called

Bishop H. David Burton, who has served as first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric since 1992, has been called as the Church's 13th Presiding Bishop, the First Presidency announced Dec. 27.

Bishop Burton succeeds Presiding Bishop Merrill J. Bateman who will become president of BYU on Jan. 1, 1996.Called to serve as first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric is Bishop Richard C. Edgley, who has been serving as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. Keith B. McMullin, managing director of Welfare Services, has been called as the new second counselor in the bishopric.

The Presiding Bishopric supervises the Church's temporal affairs, which include finances and records, physical facilities, real estate and properties, translation, Welfare Services, information and communications systems. The Presiding Bishopric also serves members in some 150 countries through its area offices.

Bishop Burton, 57, was called to the Presiding Bishopric as first counselor to Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales on Oct. 3, 1992. A year and a half later, when Bishop Hales was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, on April 2, 1994, Bishop Burton was called as first counselor to Bishop Bateman.

The new Presiding Bishop is the great-great-grandson of a previous first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, Robert Taylor Burton, who served in the Bishopric from 1874-1907.

Bishop Burton is a native of Salt Lake City. For 14 years before being called to the Bishopric, he served as secretary to the Presiding Bishopric and previously was assistant Church budget officer for a year. Before being employed by the Church, he worked for Kennecott Copper Corp. and the Utah State Tax Commission.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Bishop Burton served a mission in Australia, and his previous Church callings include bishop, bishop's counselor, high councilor, stake president and temple sealer. He and his wife, Barbara Matheson Burton, are the parents of five children.

Bishop Edgley, 59, was sustained as second counselor to Bishop Hales on Oct. 3, 1992, and was called as second counselor to Bishop Bateman April 2, 1994. He was previously managing director of the Church's Finance and Records Department.

Before being employed by the Church, he was vice president for administration and control for consumer non-foods operations for General Mills in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked for General Mills for 19 years, including 10 at corporate headquarters. Bishop Edgley served a mission in the eastern United States, and has been a bishop and stake president.

He is a native of Preston, Idaho. He graduated from BYU and has a master of business administration degree from Indiana University. He and his wife, Pauline Nielson Edgley, are the parents of six children.

Bishop McMullin, 54, is a native of St. George, Utah, and was raised in Leeds, Utah, and later in Salt Lake City. He is a graduate of the University of Utah in banking and finance. He was named managing director of Welfare Services in May 1985, after working for Welfare Services since 1975. He previously worked as an investment and performance/cost analyst for Ford Motor Co. and had managed several small businesses.

Bishop McMullin served as a missionary and mission president in Germany, and as a bishop and stake president. He and his wife, Carolyn Jean Gibbs McMullin, are the parents of eight children.