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.