New temple presidents

Four new temple presidents have been called by the First Presidency, with their wives called as matrons.

Frank Wayne Chamberlain, 70, Woodbriar Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake, called as president of the Jordan River Utah Temple, succeeding President Robert L. Backman. President Chamberlain's wife, Janet L. Chamberlain, will serve as temple matron. President Chamberlain, serving in a ward Young Men presidency, previously served as director of the Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center, president of the Canada Calgary Mission, regional representative, high councilor and in stake and ward Young Men presidencies. Retired senior vice president of FranklinCovey, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Royal Reward and Farel Emma Knudson Chamberlain.

Frank W. and Janet Chamberlain
Frank W. and Janet Chamberlain

Sister Chamberlain, a gospel doctrine teacher, previously served a public affairs senior couple mission with her husband. She has also served as a general Young Women board member, ward Young Women president, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and Relief Society teacher. She was born in Paris, France, to Smith Benjamin and Marion Ione Hussey Griffin.

Richard Allen Hunter, 70, Almaden 1st Ward, San Jose California South Stake, called as president of the Oakland California Temple, succeeding President Darwin B. Christenson. President Hunter's wife, Nan Greene Hunter, will serve as temple matron. President Hunter, a stake president, has served as president of the New Zealand Auckland Mission, mission president's counselor, stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop. A retired attorney, he was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Howard W. and Clara May Jeffs Hunter.

Richard A. and Nan Hunter
Richard A. and Nan Hunter

Sister Hunter, a ward Sunday School teacher and on a regional public affairs committee member, served with her husband as he presided over the New Zealand Auckland Mission, and has been a counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, ward Primary president, ward Young Women president and counselor, and seminary teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Nathanael Sullivan and Florence Williams Greene.

John Richard Reese, 61, Union 2nd Ward, Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake, called as president of the Bismarck North Dakota Temple, succeeding President Robert L. Holyoak. President Reese's wife, Gayle Louise Gardiner Reese, will serve as temple matron. President Reese, a gospel doctrine teacher, previously served as president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission, and as president of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America, stake president, stake mission president, stake president's counselor, bishop, high councilor and Young Men president. A retired CEO and owner of Tower Enterprises, he was born in Glendale, Calif., to William Dahlquist and Ruth-Esther Blosch Reese.

John R. and Gayle Reese
John R. and Gayle Reese

Sister Reese, a ward Relief Society president, previously served with her husband as he presided over the South Dakota Rapid City Mission, and has been a ward Relief Society president, ward enrichment leader and a counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies. She was born in Glendale, Calif., to James Hulet and Elaine Mary Scholl Gardiner.

Elder Jorge Alfonso Rojas Ornelas, 64, Sierra Madre Ward, Monterrey Mexico Mitras Stake, called as president of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple, succeeding President Robert B. Marriott. President Rojas' wife, Marcela Burgos Perez de Rojas, will serve as temple matron. President Rojas, an Area Seventy, previously served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, president of the Mexico Guadalajara Mission, regional representative, stake president, high councilor, branch president's counselor and sealer. A retired area director of the Church Educational System, he was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Rodolfo and Hilaria Ornelas Rojas.

Marcela and Jorge A. Rojas
Marcela and Jorge A. Rojas

Sister Rojas, currently assisting with the Perpetual Education Fund, previously served with her husband as he presided over the Mexico Guadalajara Mission, and has served as a stake and ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president. She was born in Chuichupa, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Gildardo Burgos and Damiana Perez de Burgos.