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New leaders for 129 missions have been announced—find out who and where they’re serving

Six new missions — five in Africa and one in Europe — bring the total of Church missions to 416 by July 2023.
Graphic courtesy of Church News.

The Church has just announced new mission leaders for 129 missions around the world. Leaders for the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission, Arkansas Little Rock Mission, Washington Tacoma Mission, Argentina Mendoza Mission, and the Argentina Rosario Mission will be announced at a later date.

The full list of new leadership includes 18 missions in Africa, 11 in Asia, 27 in South America, 53 in North America, 8 in Central America, 14 in Europe, and three in the Pacific.

Among the new mission presidents is President Davis M. Smith and his wife Asialene, who have been called to preside over the Brazil Recife North Mission. Smith is the founder and former CEO of Cotopaxi, an international outdoor apparel company. You can read Smith’s heartfelt announcement about his calling to serve as a mission president on his LinkedIn here.


The new mission presidents for the six new missions opening in 2023 have also been announced. These leaders will be opening the Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North Mission, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga Mission, the Nigeria Aba Mission, the Nigeria Abuja Mission, the South Africa Pretoria Mission, and the Romania Bucharest Mission.

All of the newly called leadership couples will begin their three-year service in July of 2023. Here are some of the couples who have been called and assigned:

Mission Name | Leaders Called

Maryland Baltimore: Robert J. and Patricia Brigham

Michigan Lansing: Gene and Karen Peckham

New Jersey Morristown: S. Mario and Karla K. Durrant

Ohio Columbus: David T. and Heather Brockbank

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh: R. Scott and Janny P. Hoffman

Florida Fort Lauderdale: David W. and Jennifer J. Cluff

Georgia Atlanta North: Russell V. and Shawna Judd

Kentucky Louisville: David B. and Lori McGinn

Louisiana Baton Rouge: Michael C. and Holly J. Smuin

North Carolina Raleigh: John and Marcia Kirk Stevens

South Carolina Columbia: Scott and Deanna Hamblin

Tennessee Knoxville: Mark and Kimberly Barlow

Arizona Phoenix: Cory D. and Carrilyn M. Fisk

Arizona Scottsdale: Scott and AnnaLisa Stratton

Arizona Tucson: Chris W. and Lesley P. Woodfield

Nevada Las Vegas: Carl D. and Emily Liljenquist Vance

Nevada Reno: Robert and Cyneil Saxton

Texas Austin: Gary F. and Marci Carter

Texas Dallas East: Donald B. and Andrea Taylor

Texas Dallas West: Jonathan and Stacey Ord

Texas Houston: Jeffrey C. and Jill Whatcott McMullin

Texas Houston East: Steve and Becky Schmutz

Texas Lubbock: Jason L. and Jamie Langeveld

California Anaheim: Jerome G. and Beverly S. Galotera

California Arcadia: Brent D. and Elizabeth Jones

California Fresno: Jeff and Amy Davis

California Riverside: Clark R. and Teresa H. Hendrickson

California Roseville: Edward and LeAnn Basha

California Sacramento: Kenneth B. and Julianne Black

California San Jose: Benjamin S. and Rebecca Larson

California Santa Rosa: E. Mark and Elaine H. Quinn

California Ventura: Juan and Martha Rodriguez

Oregon Eugene: Christopher J. and Rhonda L. Cornelius

Oregon Portland: Benjamin and Sela Tupouvainiaku Botchway

You can read the full list of names and assignments on Church Newsroom.

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