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Mark Cusick Mission President Assignments

2016 Mission Presidents Called to Serve in Bolivia, Australia, Mexico

The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service in July 2016.

Florida Tampa Mission

Kendall James Cooper, 58, and Christine Callister Cooper, five children, Pleasanton 3rd Ward, Pleasanton California Stake: Florida Tampa Mission, succeeding President Mark D. Cusick and Sister Stefanie Cusick. Brother Cooper is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, stake Young Men president, elders quorum president, Primary teacher, and missionary in the Belgium Antwerp Mission. Chief financial officer, NLU Products, LLC. Born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to James William Cooper and Montez Henderson Cooper.

Sister Cooper is a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, visiting teaching coordinator, Young Women adviser, and ward organist. Born in Merced, California, to Eldon Jones Callister and Beth Hutchings Bulkley Callister.

Washington DC North Mission

Stephen Craig Johnson, 64, and Beth Myers Johnson, five children, South Cottonwood Ward, Murray Utah South Stake: Washington DC North Mission, succeeding President Peter S. Cooke and Sister Heather Cooke. Brother Johnson is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, stake Young Men president, and missionary in the Oregon Mission. Chief executive officer, Broadway Media. Born in Price, Utah, to Edgar Lamar Johnson and Regina LaVerda Craig Johnson.

Sister Johnson serves as a choir director and organist and is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; ward missionary; and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Kent E Myers and Cherie Mae Ashworth Myers.

Australia Brisbane Mission

Mark E McSwain, 61, and Vonnie Bangerter McSwain, six children, Farmington 3rd Ward, Farmington Utah Stake: Australia Brisbane Mission, succeeding President Lon E. Henderson and Sister Carrie J. Henderson. Brother McSwain is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, elders quorum president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and missionary in the California Sacramento Mission. President, MC Oil and Gas and Foreland Refining Corp. Born in Salt Lake City to Harry Wallace McSwain and Josephine Davis McSwain.

Sister McSwain is a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor. Born in Salt Lake City to Ronald LaMar Bangerter and Jean Winegar Bangerter.

México Cancún Mission

Miguel Angel Reynoso López, 53, and Gabriela Marin de Reynoso, three children, Americas Ward, Xalapa México Stake: México Cancún Mission, succeeding President Dale B. Kirkham and Sister Jill Kirkham. Brother Reynoso serves as a high councilor and is a former stake presidency counselor, mission presidency counselor, bishop, branch president, stake clerk, and missionary in the México Guadalajara Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, México, to Tomas Reynoso López and Eva López.

Sister Reynoso serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, and missionary in the México Hermosillo Mission. Born in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz, México, to José Roberto Marin and Emilia García de Marin.

Tennessee Nashville Mission

Jared Walker Stone, 45, and Jani Piercey Stone, six children, Danville 1st Ward, Danville California Stake: Tennessee Nashville Mission, succeeding President Kyle R. Andersen and Sister Machel Andersen. Brother Stone serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, ward mission leader, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. Cofounder and former managing director, Northgate Capital. Born in Modesto, California, to Thomas Robert Stone and Diane Lee Stevenson Stone.

Sister Stone serves as a ward Relief Society teacher and is a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Young Women adviser, and missionary in the Alabama Birmingham Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to John Francis Piercey and Mary Jane Okerlund Piercey.

Bolivia La Paz Mission

Fabian Ignacio Vallejo Proaño, 48, and Maria Lucila Vega de Vallejo, three children, Primavera Ward, Duran Ecuador North Stake: Bolivia La Paz Mission, succeeding President Julián A. Palacio and Sister Ivonne Ramos de Palacio. Brother Vallejo is a former Area Seventy, mission presidency counselor, stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission. Temple recorder, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Quito, Ecuador, to Edmundo Fabian Vallejo and Martha Virginia Proaño de Vallejo.

Sister Vallejo serves as a seminary teacher and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, and missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission. Born in Chugchilán, Ecuador, to Pedro Vega and Carmen Estrada.

Texas Fort Worth Mission

Darrell George Whitney, 67, and Sally Ann Ruesch Whitney, eight children, Washington 8th Ward, Washington Utah Stake: Texas Fort Worth Mission, succeeding President Rodney A. Ames and Sister Kimberlee N. Ames. Brother Whitney is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward mission leader, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Alaskan Canadian Mission. President, Western Rock Products. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Donald George Whitney and Constance Rae Waymire Whitney.

Sister Whitney is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, and Scouting district advancement coordinator and stake advancement chairwoman. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Francis Lyman Ruesch and Audrey Hall Ruesch.

Philippines Naga Mission

Tomasito Sevilleja Zapanta, 41, and Marivic Rosendo Miranda Zapanta, five children, Paco Roman Branch, San Jose Nueva Ecija Philippines Stake: Philippines Naga Mission, succeeding President L. Barry Reeder and Sister Sharon Reeder. Brother Zapanta serves as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake president, branch president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Philippines Tacloban Mission. Regional facilities manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in San Jose City, Philippines, to Tomas Villanueva Zapanta and Estela Basilio Sevilleja Zapanta.

Sister Zapanta serves as a stake Young Women president and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, branch Relief Society president, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, to Vicente Lucero Miranda and Estelita Magaway Rosendo Miranda.

Church Announces Mission Presidents and New Missions for 2016

Contributed By the Church News

The Church has announced 168 new mission president assignments, effective July 2016. The names of the new and returning mission presidents are listed below.

The Church has also announced the creation of three new missions:

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Mbuji-Mayi Mission will be created from a division of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa and Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Missions.

The Nigeria Owerri Mission will be created from a division of the Nigeria Port Harcourt Mission. The new missions will become effective on July 1.

The Vietnam Hanoi Mission will be created from a division of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission during the first half of this year.

MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
AFRICA SOUTHEAST AREA
Angola LuandaDanny L. MerrillDenelson Silva
Botswana/NamibiaMerrill A. WilsonDunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka
Democratic Republic of the Congo LubumbashiF. Brent ThomasLarry D. Shumard
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mbuji-MayiNew MissionAlfred Kyungu
Kenya NairobiGary C. HickenS. Ephraim Msane
South Africa DurbanJohn A. ZackrisonTo be announced
Uganda KampalaRobert F. ChatfieldStephen H. Collings
Zambia LusakaLeif J. EricksonInoke F. Kupu
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
AFRICA WEST AREA
Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan WestMarcel GueïDavid Hamand
Ghana Accra WestNorman C. HillRobert H. Simpson
Nigeria Benin CityAkingbade A. OjoAlexander A. Odume
Nigeria EnuguFreebody A. MensahFrancis O. Nmeribe
Nigeria LagosRichard K. AhadjieCornelius O. Tay
Nigeria OwerriNew MissionSolomon Ijoma Aliche
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
ASIA AREA
India BangaloreDavid M. BerrettFred M. Mortensen
Indonesia JakartaChristopher L. DonaldPaul S. Rowley
Mongolia UlaanbaatarJoseph P. BensonJeffrey C. Harper
Taiwan TaichungKurt L. BlickenstaffMichael John U. Teh
Vietnam HanoiNew MissionLewis Hassell
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
ASIA NORTH AREA
Japan Tokyo SouthTakashi WadaJ Paul Warnick
Korea DaejeonYong-In S. ShinJohn L. Madsen
Korea Seoul SouthMarshall R. MorriseRoger W. Turner
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
BRAZIL AREA
Brazil CuritibaAnderson M. MonteiroDouglas K. Hart
Brazil Curitiba SouthLeonel R. FernandesB. Corey Cuvelier
Brazil Fortaleza EastCarlos FuscoRicardo C. Leite
Brazil GoiâniaDavid KucekiFrancisco Bührer
Brazil João PessoaIzaias P. NogueiraXavier Dias
Brazil Juiz de ForaLuciano CascardiFábio Lacerda
Brazil LondrinaC. Alberto GenaroLuiz Pereira
Brazil NatalSaulo SoaresEliseu Colleoni
Brazil PiracicabaKennedy F. CanutoHoward K. Bangerter
Brazil Ribeirão PretoMauro T. BrumPeter S. Scholz
Brazil Santa MariaAdalton P. ParrelaMarcelo Louza
Brazil SantosCelso B. CabralCarlos S. Obata
Brazil São Paulo WestJosé Luiz Del GuersoThomas W. Thomas
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
CARIBBEAN AREA
Jamaica KingstonKevin G. BrownScott C. Pearson
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
CENTRAL AMERICA AREA
El Salvador San Salvador West/BelizeKai D. HintzeEric M. Adams
Guatemala CobánJohn F. CurtissCarlos A. Faundez Maureira
Guatemala RetalhuleuJohnny F. RuizMatthew M. Goodman
Honduras San Pedro Sula EastNorman S. KleinRex T. Carlisle Jr.
Honduras San Pedro Sula WestJames M. DesterDouglas R. Bush
Nicaragua Managua NorthMonsop ColladoSergio A. Poncio Alvarez
Nicaragua Managua SouthBryan G. RussellMark S. Brown
Panamá Panamá CityCurtis CarmackWilliam F. Current
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
EUROPE AREA
Czech/SlovakJames W. McConkie IIITo be announced
England LeedsGraham PilkingtonMartin J. Turvey
Italy MilanBruce L. DibbKent J. Allen
Italy RomeMichael WaddoupsMichael D. Pickerd
Poland WarsawSteven C EdgrenMateusz Turek
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
EUROPE EAST AREA
Armenia YerevanJ. Steven CarlsonAllen B. Bostrom
Russia MoscowGarry E. BordersJeffrey D. McGhie
Russia SamaraMichael L. SchwabS. Eric Ottesen
Russia YekaterinburgVal J. ChristensenRay M. Beck
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
IDAHO AREA
Idaho BoiseJohn WinderRandall D. Bartlett
Idaho NampaStuart B. CannonPaul D. Sorensen
Idaho Twin FallsGlen R. CurtisBrent J. Nelson
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
MÉXICO AREA
México AguascalientesJuan VillarrealFrancisco J. Hernández Rivero
México CancúnDale B. Kirkham Jr.Miguel A. Reynoso López
México ChihuahuaUlises ChávezJose L. Montoya
México Ciudad JuárezRodolfo DerbezJ. Randall Owen
México Ciudad ObregónMauricio Munive LaraShaun S. Myers
México CuliacánJesús VelezCarlos A. Gabaldón Royval
México MéridaSergio A. GarciaAbel Ruiz Valadez
México México City ChalcoJerald D. CrickmoreFrancisco Zapata Orozco
México México City EastSergio M. AnayaSiegfried A. Naumann
México México City NorthwestBrad H HallDaniel D. De Leon
México México City WestGeorge F. WhiteheadCarl D. Grossen
México Monterrey EastLarry C. BirdMark J. Maucotel
México PachucaAndrew E. EgbertJeff D. Kimball
México QuerétaroJavier MejoradaSteven M. Williamson
México ReynosaAbelardo MoralesJorge Alejandro Regalado Campos
México SaltilloL. Fernando RodriguezKevin S. Cahoon
México VillahermosaIsrael G. MoralesKarl N. Haws
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA CENTRAL AREA
Canada EdmontonLarry G. ManionGeorge C. Pattison
Colorado Denver SouthJ Blake MurdockKirk D. Gifford
Colorado Fort CollinsKelly W. BrownSean S. McMurray
Illinois ChicagoPaul S. WoodburyEvan G. Bingham
Iowa Des MoinesJohn R. JensenBriant Badger
Kansas WichitaMichael L. BellMitchell Dean McCuistion
Missouri St LouisThomas W. MorganMichael J. Bateman
Wisconsin MilwaukeeRaymond A. CutlerJack Ross Williams
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA NORTHEAST AREA
Canada MontréalVictor P. PatrickRobert L. Phillips
Indiana IndianapolisSteven C. ClevelandDaryl H. Carlson
Michigan DetroitNolan D. GerberLarry Cleveland
New Hampshire ManchesterPhilip M. StokerThomas J. Blair
New York RochesterArthur R. FrancisZachary Evans
Ohio CincinnatiJohn P. PorterM. Tim Welch
Pennsylvania PhiladelphiaT. Gary AndersonChristopher L. Randall
Virginia ChesapeakeAlan J. BakerRandall F. Weed
Virginia RichmondE. Bradley WilsonCorey B. Smith
Washington DC NorthPeter S. CookeStephen C. Johnson
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA NORTHWEST AREA
Oregon SalemMichael R. SamuelianPaul Tateoka
Washington EverettMark BonhamMichael S. Wilding
Washington Federal WayRobert I. EatonSterling A. Rasmussen
Washington KennewickBoyd S. WareDoneal L White
Washington VancouverDerlin TaylorDennis A. McAteer
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA SOUTHEAST AREA
Alabama BirminghamRichard D. HanksStanford C. Sainsbury
Florida JacksonvillePaul W. CraigBrent I. Lee
Florida OrlandoMichael J. BerryDavid K. Clark
Florida TallahasseeBradley J. SmithClint W. Smith
Florida TampaMark D. CusickKendall J. Cooper
Georgia MaconBrent T CottleRoger A. Grayson
Tennessee NashvilleKyle R. AndersenJared W. Stone
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA SOUTHWEST AREA
Arizona GilbertK. Brett NattressRichard W. Wheeler
Arizona MesaKirk L. JenkinsLonny E. Townsend
Arizona ScottsdaleKarl R. SweeneyMarc B. Robinson
Arizona TempeJames L. TooneSpencer Christensen
Nevada Las Vegas WestMichael B. AhlanderMartin N. Walker
New Mexico AlbuquerqueSteven J. MillerTimothy B. Guffey
Oklahoma Oklahoma CityStewart R. WalkenhorstDarren J. Mansell
Texas Fort WorthRodney A. AmesDarrell G. Whitney
Texas McAllenFernando MaluendaJosé S. Torres Caballero
Texas San AntonioJames E. SlaughterTodd B. Polley
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
NORTH AMERICA WEST AREA
California BakersfieldJames M. WilsonTim W. Layton
California CarlsbadHal C. KendrickGlen B. Thomas
California IrvineVon D. OrgillSamuel W. Clark Jr.
California Long BeachRyan M. TewBrian P. Patterson
California Los AngelesDavid N WeidmanRobert M. Haynie
California Rancho CucamongaBruce E. HobbsCurtis G. Taylor
California RedlandsDaniel J. Van CottSean R. Dixon
Hawaii HonoluluStephen R. WarnerJames H. Bekker
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
PACIFIC AREA
Australia BrisbaneLon E. HendersonMark E McSwain
Australia MelbourneCory H. MaxwellPeter G. Vidmar
Marshall Islands MajuroThomas L. WeirJohn F. Larkin
New Zealand HamiltonCharles A. RuddJeffrey D. Cummings
Papua New Guinea LaeMark P. PeteruSitiveni Fehoko
Tonga Nuku'alofaLeitoni M. TupouSione Tuione
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
PHILIPPINES AREA
Philippines BaguioAnthony John BalledosDominic B. Bangal
Philippines ButuanPastor B. TorresAvelino Santillan
Philippines Cagayan de OroAlberto C. BulsecoKim S. Antenorcruz
Philippines CauayanGeorge R. RahlfC. Russell Hiatt
Philippines CaviteDouglas C. TyeAaron B. Speirs
Philippines Cebu EastRichard L. TannerRocky Kellett Maughan
Philippines IloiloJaime R. AquinoHermenegildo Cruz
Philippines LegazpiJovencio A. GuanzonDale K. Kotter
Philippines NagaL. Barry ReederTomasito S. Zapanta
Philippines Quezon CityCarlos RevilloDavid J. Koster
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
SOUTH AMERICA NORTHWEST AREA
Bolivia La PazJulián A. PalacioEnrique Cabezas Gomez
Bolivia Santa CruzJason A. WillardLuis Rodríguez Serrano
Bolivia Santa Cruz NorthRichard C. ZambranoFabian I. Vallejo
Colombia BarranquillaKent R. SearleJohn J. Gallego Infante
Ecuador Guayaquil SouthMaxsimo C. TorresPablo Moreno Hortua
Ecuador Guayaquil WestJorge DennisRosendo Santos Camargo
Ecuador Quito NorthBrian A. RichardsonBlake P. Murphy
Perú ArequipaRichard ZobristDouglas R. Johnson
Perú CuscoRobert C. HarbertsonHenry Herrera Linares
Perú HuancayoDavid Y. HendersonEdgar Silva Julian
Perú IquitosAlejandro GómezJosé Alfonso Li De La Cruz
Perú Lima NorthJohn R. EricksonMatthew R Godfrey
Perú Lima WestBlake D. ArchibaldColin C. Stauffer
Perú Trujillo NorthD. Kurt MarlerWilliam L. Marble
Venezuela ValenciaGuillermo I. GuardiaRamon Ernesto Sarmiento Arcila
MISSION                                   CURRENT PRESIDENT     NEW PRESIDENT
SOUTH AMERICA SOUTH AREA
Argentina Buenos Aires NorthDavid S. AyreRobert T. Smith
Argentina Buenos Aires SouthLarry L ThurgoodAlejandro Calquin Sepulveda
Argentina Comodoro RivadaviaMark F. RogersClaudio Salerno
Argentina CórdobaRubén V. AlliaudPedro Fco. Correa Cardenas
Argentina PosadasLee R. LaPierreWenceslao H. Svec
Chile AntofagastaCraig L. DaltonDavid Ferreira
Chile ConcepciónKent J. ArringtonNelson Catala
Chile RancaguaThomas R. WarneReed J. Harris
Chile Santiago SouthDavid L. CookDouglas J. Gwilliam
Chile Santiago WestJose A. BarreirosChristopher G. Woodward
Paraguay Asunción NorthGarn H. McMullinMichael J. Evans
Uruguay MontevideoStanley E. CookMark D. Eddy
Uruguay Montevideo WestThomas A. SmithRyan K. Olsen
UTAH AREAS
Utah Salt Lake City EastJohn C. EberhardtBrent J. Hillier
Utah Salt Lake City SouthRobert E. ChambersJ. Christopher Lansing
Utah St. GeorgeJohn R. CenterD. Zackary Smith