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2023 Mission Leadership Assignments Announced

Assignments for leadership couples include six new missions this year, bringing the Church’s total to 416 missions worldwide

The locations and number of new mission presidents and companions for 134 missions worldwide who will begin their three-year service in July 2023. Graphic courtesy of Church News.Copyright 2022 Deseret News Publishing Company.
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Updated Thursday, June 19, 2023

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called new mission presidents and companions for 134 missions worldwide. Five couples will be announced later. The new leadership couples will begin their three-year service in July. Their names and assignments are listed below.

Links to the couples’ brief biographies and photos will be added as they are published in the Church News in the coming months. This list can be found anytime at the bottom right of the Newsroom home page under Popular Topics.

The list includes assignments for the six new missions that begin this summer — five in Africa and one in Europe; with the additions, the Church will have 416 total missions. The six are the Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North, Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga, Nigeria Aba, Nigeria Abuja, South Africa Pretoria and Romania Bucharest missions.

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.Copyright 2022 Deseret News Publishing Company.
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Mission Areas

To jump directly to a specific area, click on the area’s name in the following bulleted list. You can also scroll through the areas listed at the end of this article.

Africa Central Area

Mission President and Companion
Cameroon Yaounde David and Sally-Jane Kannar
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga (New) Eric and Therese-Alberta Kapanga
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa East Rémy and Alda Tshilombo
Ethiopia Addis Ababa Oliva and Rebecca Cowley
Republic of Congo Brazzaville Brian E. and Rebecca S. Dunn
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Samuel Enos Kwamina and Paulina Kissiwaa Eghan

Africa South Area

Mission President and Companion
Madagascar Antananarivo Deryl and Valerie Eastman
Mozambique Maputo David A. and Janet Valletta
South Africa Cape Town Dan and Susan E. Stringham
South Africa Johannesburg Paul W. and Marianne Ruben
South Africa Pretoria (New) Glenn M. and Amanda M. Holmes

Africa West Area

Mission President and Companion
Benin Cotonou Kelly and Tina Lundeen
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan East Pascal J. and Lauralyn Budge
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North (New) Gregory B. and Robin A. Robinson
Ghana Accra Ben and Julynn Beeson
Nigeria Aba (New) Terrify Antonio and Mary Banda
Nigeria Abuja (New) Dennis and Rita Darkwaah Ocansey
Nigeria Port Harcourt Sipho and Christine Ndlovu

Asia North Area

Mission President and Companion
Japan Kobe Tsuyoshi and Tomomi Sano
Japan Sapporo Ken and Ruri Toma
Japan Tokyo North Reed T. and Heather L. Deshler

Brazil Area

Mission President and Companion
Brazil Brasília Eliezer and Regina Santos
Brazil Campinas Adam B. and Kimberly Ball Harker
Brazil Florianópolis Rogerio and Renata Finholdt
Brazil Fortaleza Júlio C Lima and Kelli Sudy Feitosa
Brazil Maceió Nathan and Michelle Hanks
Brazil Manaus Andre and Carla França
Brazil Recife North Davis M. and Asialene C. Smith
Brazil Recife South Lincoln P. and Bianca Orsi Martins
Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Alan and Joanna Dutson
Brazil Salvador Troy and Carrie R. Jepson
Brazil São Paulo Interlagos J. Tyler and Dana L. Rollins
Brazil São Paulo North F. Alan and Mary S. Walker
Brazil São Paulo South Milton and Sandra Queiroz
Brazil Vitória Humberto and Kilma Barbosa

Caribbean Area

Mission President and Companion
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Luis C. and Anna Chaverri
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West Hector David and Emma Hernandez
Puerto Rico San Juan Paul and Karryl Horstmeier

Central America Area

Mission President and Companion
El Salvador San Salvador East Rob and Debbie Young
El Salvador Santa Ana Jared and Glendy Díaz de Choy
Guatemala Guatemala City Phillip N. and Gretchen L. Foster
Guatemala Guatemala City Central Daren and Becky Heyland
Guatemala Guatemala City East Jose Andres and Tania Bermudez
Guatemala Quetzaltenango Rossvan and Yoanna Plata
Honduras Tegucigalpa Roberto and Lilian Carolina Gonzalez
Nicaragua Managua South José and Mercedes Hernández

Europe Central Area

Mission President and Companion
Adriatic North Brian E. and Angelika Cordray
Albania Tirana Michael and Johanna Auras
Alpine German-Speaking Martin W. and Donna Bates
Bulgaria/Greece David A. and Emily Wood Nelson
France Paris Ryan R. and Heather A. Munns
Germany Frankfurt Douglas P. and Lynne G. Cropper
Hungary Budapest Chet J. and Kristy Wall
Poland Warsaw Gregory D. and Christine Roney
România Bucharest (New) Geoffrey R. and Roseanna C. Fowler
Spain Barcelona Frank and Maria Heckmann

Europe North Area

Mission President and Companion
Baltic Antti and Skaistė Makslahti-Tolstosheev
Cape Verde Praia Abel and Paula Chaves
Finland Helsinki Juha and Ulla Lehtinen
Sweden Stockholm J. Gregory and Lisa S. Lake

México Area

Mission President and Companion
México Guadalajara East Kleber A. and Miriam Litardo
México México City Southeast Michael D. and Kay Y. Jones
México Oaxaca Marcelo and Adriana Paz
México Puebla South Raúl and Roxana Oyarzabal
México Tijuana Jorge E. and Gloria P. Lara
México Torreón David L. and Cambria Blain
México Tuxtla Gutiérrez Luis J. and Bertita Camey
México Veracruz Elder and Celeste Aída Alvarado
México Xalapa Alejandro and Olga M. Villanueva

North America Central Area

Mission President and Companion
Colorado Colorado Springs Jason and Julie Kotter
Colorado Denver North Charles C. and M’Recia R. Clawson
Minnesota Minneapolis Jeff and Jeni Gochnour
Missouri Independence Scott D. and Lisa B. Sommerfeldt

North America Northeast Area

Mission President and Companion
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

North America Southeast Area

Mission President and Companion
Arkansas Little Rock Mark E. and Marianne H. Larsen
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

North America Southwest Area

Mission President and Companion
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

North America West Area

Mission President and Companion
California Anaheim Jerome G. and Beverly S. Galotera
California Arcadia Brent D. and Elizabeth Jones
California Fresno Jeff and Amy Davis
California Oakland/San Francisco Mission James D. and Martha A. Lash
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
Washington Tacoma Kurt and Katie Brown

Pacific Area

Mission President and Companion
Fiji Suva Mac and Helen La’ulu
New Zealand Auckland Marvin R and Lori B. Allen
New Zealand Wellington Paul A. and Kristi T. Clark

Philippines Area

Mission President and Companion
Philippines Angeles Michael and Danielle Bingham
Philippines Cebu Omer D. and Amalia B. Fernandez
Philippines Davao Aretemio C. and Arlene Esguerra Maligon
Philippines Manila Janryll and Liberty Fernandez
Philippines Olongapo W. Scott and Megan G. Albrecht
Philippines Quezon City North Mark and Janis Workman
Philippines San Pablo Jon and Karen Scholl
Philippines Tacloban Doroteo Allen G. and Ma. Hazel R. Martinez

South America Northwest Area

Mission President and Companion
Colombia Cali Tomas E. and Mayanin Pazos
Ecuador Guayaquil East Bryan J and Dixie Peterson
Ecuador Guayaquil North Gregg A. and Janette P. Toolson
Ecuador Quito Bryan L. and Jenny Welton
Perú Chiclayo Gus and Anny Giuria
Perú Lima East Luis Daniel and Diana Carolina Santana
Venezuela Caracas Henrry Jose and Airam Susej de Perez
Venezuela Maracaibo Euvel and Neidy Rodríguez

South America South Area

Mission President and Companion
Argentina Buenos Aires West Richard and MaryAnn Holley
Argentina Mendoza Thomas and Pamela Ingersoll
Argentina Resistencia Brad and Angela Barlow
Argentina Rosario Robert H. and Saaci Walton
Argentina Salta F. Wayne and Cheryl Janzen
Chile Santiago North Rafael and Georgina Gutiérrez

Utah Area

Mission President and Companion
Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Raúl E. and Sani-Dee Kekauoha Braun

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