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20 new stake presidents called to serve — from Colorado to Cote d’Ivoire

Learn about the presidencies of the following new and reorganized stakes


A meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

20 new stake presidents called to serve — from Colorado to Cote d’Ivoire

Learn about the presidencies of the following new and reorganized stakes


A meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

New stake

A new stake has been created from the Gastonia North Carolina and Hickory North Carolina stakes. The Lake Norman North Carolina Stake, which consists of the Cornelius, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Mountain Island and Statesville wards, was created by Elder John C. Pingree Jr., General Authority Seventy, and Elder Matthew S. Harding, an Area Seventy.

LAKE NORMAN NORTH CAROLINA STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Timothy Allen Smith, 61, retired; wife, Betsy Ann Smith. Counselors — Trenton Reed Parker, 51, self-employed professional investor; wife, April Fleming Parker. Cecil Ray Ruppe, 49, Creative Sign Solutions Inc. vice president; wife, Erika Kathleen Beyer Ruppe.

Reorganized stakes

ABIDJAN COTE D’IVOIRE TOIT ROUGE STAKE: (Aug. 28, 2022) President — Herve Villard Kpole, 39, freelance translator; succeeding Kouadio N. Yao; wife, Djénéba Désirée Koné. Counselors — Faet Mélaine Bérenger Dahakpoin, 41, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints buyer; wife, Armande Carine Zilé Dahakpoin. Thiabaut Wilifried Hien, 37, private clinic general doctor; wife, Lokpo Leocadie Flore Zelisse.

ACCRA GHANA KANESHIE STAKE: (Aug. 21, 2022) President — Francis Sosu Jr., 37, NTHC account officer; succeeding Flint E. Mensah; wife, Miriam Eleanor Mensah Sosu. Counselors — Richmond Adu-Gyamfi, 40, Engage Now Africa adult literacy manager; wife, Leticia Darko Adu-Gyamfi. Jonathan Addo, 37, Jonrose Services managing director; wife, Ama Nti Opoku Addo.

AURORA COLORADO SOUTH STAKE: (Sept. 25, 2022) President — Justin Garrett Matthews, 44, Ranstad lead vice president of national sales and enterprise solutions; succeeding Russell N. Watterson; wife, Gayla Hawn Matthews. Counselors — Tyler Kenneth Monson, 47, Pinnacol Assurance senior field auditor; wife, Angela Dianne Whitmill Monson. Rickey Doyle Turner Jr., 45, United States Department of Justice senior trial attorney; wife, Deanna Marie Stones Turner.

BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA SOUTH STAKE: (Sept. 25, 2022) President — Gregory Vaughn Forsyth, 42, Cardiac RMS founder and managing partner; succeeding Russell V. Judd; wife, Naomi Patrice Thompson Forsyth. Counselors — Jeffrey Richard Bell, 47, Edward Jones financial adviser; wife, Amy Hall Bell. Ryan Scott Phillips, 49, Fruit Fillings Inc. regional sales manager; wife, Jennifer May Adams Phillips.

BOGOTÁ COLOMBIA KENNEDY STAKE: (Sept. 11, 2022) President — Gerson Giovanni Cagua Gutierrez, 47, U.S. Embassy administrative assistant; succeeding Rafael A. Lopera; wife, Yandy Esperanca de Cagua Ruiz. Counselors — Camilo Andres Camargo Santos, 35, Bank of Bogotá liquidity and interest rate risk leader; wife, Diana Paola Pinilla Monroy. Jairo Humberto Vanegas Rios, 39, Naturallovers digital marketer; wife, Yulannis del Carmen de Vanegas Useche.

COLONIA DUBLÁN MÉXICO STAKE: (Aug. 28, 2022) President — Cesar Alejandro Lozoya Noris, 46, Immunotec platinum principal; succeeding Noe Cepeda Santos; wife, Dulce Maria Mendoza Rodriguez. Counselors — Ernest Clayton Nielsen, 53, self-employed business owner; wife, Shauna Jones Nielsen. Alfred Eric Robinson, 49, self-employed farmer; wife, Michele Dustin Robinson.

ESCONDIDO CALIFORNIA STAKE: (Sept. 11, 2022) President — Anthony Joel Thompson, 59, General Atomics–Aeronautical senior director of mechanical manufacturing; succeeding R. Todd McMaster; wife, Heidi Heath Thompson. Counselors — Graham LeRay Mitchell, 53, City of El Cajon city manager; wife, Angela Lee Bassett Mitchell. Michael Sean Owsley, 53, Zentalis Pharmaceuticals senior director of operations; wife, Paige Jeanette Ashcraft Owsley.

FORTH MILL SOUTH CAROLINA STAKE: (Sept. 25, 2022) President — Justin Carl Blackham, 41, Varo Bank senior process specialist; succeeding Blake D Smith; wife, Amy Marie Froneberger Blackham. Counselors — Craig Delmar Bell, 59, Welfare and Self-Reliance Services manager; wife, Susan Lynn George Bell. Craig Alan Craze, 50, Indigo Rush partner; wife, Tiffany Anne Weaver Craze.

GRAHAM WASHINGTON STAKE: (Aug. 28, 2022) President — Mark Brian Manwaring, 51, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion institute director; succeeding Daniel W. Wells; wife, Shanalee Williams Manwaring. Counselors — Kevin Richard Hellyer, 44, Cardinal Health senior consultant; wife, Carrie Lee Jones Hellyer. Alfred Mark Fairbanks II, 57, Harborstone Credit Union vice president of finance and accounting; wife, Heidi Taylor Fairbanks.

GRANTS PASS OREGON STAKE: (Sept. 25, 2022) President — Joshua James Richardson, 49, Edward Jones financial adviser; succeeding R. Scott Nelson; wife, Kelly Diane Templeman Richardson. Counselors — Jeffrey Jon Elseth, 68, Met One Instruments embedded firmware engineer; wife, Janet Lynne MacNicholas Elseth. Joe J Dunn, 51, Siskiyou Community Healthcare CEO and chief dental officer; wife, Deborah Sue Arner Dunn.

HICKORY NORTH CAROLINA STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Joseph Chance Powell, 40, pediatric dentist; succeeding Timothy A. Smith; wife, Emily Elizabeth Barnette Powell. Counselors — Casey Leo Proctor, 42, Marx LLC chief operations officer and co-owner; wife, Rachael Patricia Maltba Proctor. Brad Phillip Dancy, 48, American Woodmark plant controller; wife, Reneé Leigh McCarter Dancy.

LIMA PERÚ PROLIMA STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Miguel Angel Ramos Calderon, 39, San Martin logistics assistant; succeeding Maximo I. Gil Layza; wife, Dionicia Rosalvina Ramos Caldas de. Counselors — Juan Carlos Clemente Calizaya, 47, Clevac SAC general manager; wife, Andrea Melissa Vasquez Perez. Marco Antonio Osorio Diaz, 50, self-employed metals buyer and seller; wife, Magna Diamile de Osorio Fernandez.

LIMA PERÚ TAHUANTINSUYO STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Christian Barrantes, 43, Credit Bank of Peru official; succeeding Segundo C. Sanchez Garrido; wife, Natalia Lissette de Barrantes Cavero. Counselors — Jesus Osccorima Nuñez, 46, Maquinarias SA supervisor; wife, Sara Emperatriz de Osccorima Ortiz. Wilmer Perez Pinedo, 55, self-employed; wife, Magdalena Lourdes Perez Vidal.

OREM UTAH CANYON VIEW STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Reed Aaron Beus, 48, Lawrence Wealth Management managing partner; succeeding Mark H. Hansen; wife, Michelle Butler Beus. Counselors — Ronald Ray Warren, 55, ICS vendor strategic relations; wife, Brenda Jean Schroeder Warren. Michael Brent Newsome, 66, Unicity International vice president; wife, Linda Marta Pass Newsome.

PASTO COLOMBIA STAKE: (Aug. 14, 2022) President — Wilson Omar Guerrero Caicedo, 53, Acar and independent special transport and administration employee; succeeding Angel J. Zambrano Jaramillo; wife, Luz Elena Guerrero Chaves. Counselors — Luis Hernando Castro Velasquez, 47, Frimac SAS logistics supervisor; wife, Sandra Isabel Castro Rivera. Daniel Fernando Mora Moncayo, 26, Alexandra Estupiñan accounting assistant; wife, Dana Gabriela Velasquez Estupiñan.

RIVERTON UTAH STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Christopher Hal Neddo, 50, The Cynosure Group senior investment strategist; succeeding John L. Arens; wife, Sarah Christine Schwitzer Neddo. Counselors — Mitchell Chester Curtis, 48, Daw Construction Group LLC division manager; wife, Melissa Anne Day Curtis. David J Jessen, 53, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion manager of financial services; wife, Amy Sorensen Jessen.

SALT LAKE RIVERSIDE STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Andres Diaz, 68, Red Rock Legal Services PLLC and Diaz & Larsen managing partner; succeeding Bryant J. Keller; wife, MerriLyn Chilton Diaz. Counselors — Joseph Martel, 59, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints controllership services, finance and records department controller; wife, Silvia Myriam Martel. Tyler Lynn Peck, 42, Lumen Technologies Inc. central office technician; wife, Yuderka Sosa Peck.

UPOLU SAMOA NU’UMAU STAKE: (Aug. 21, 2022) President — Alema Tamala, 41, University South Pacific Alafua messenger; succeeding Talalelei Pauga; wife, Fuaesi Tamala. Counselors — Solo Maiava, 44, MT, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; wife, Moliei Talataina Maiava. Tupe Punivalu, 48, detective senior sergeant; wife, Patilisi Tuimaunei Punivalu.

ZAMBOANGA PHILIPPINES STAKE: (Sept. 18, 2022) President — Rommel Cia Abundio, 45, LM Enterprises sales representative; succeeding Melchor A. Pahlaya; wife, Ruby Mira Mira Abundio. Counselors — Belise Agustin, 51, Emedia Broadcasting Network Inc., Goldstone Trading, Marketing and General Merchandising Inc. and Alberei Advertising Corp. president and CEO; wife, Lilybeth Bandala Saavedra Agustin. Gino Indino Calumpang, 29, Ateneo de Zamboanga University officer and teacher; wife, Ammonihah Ubas Oro Calumpang.

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