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First Presidency Announces 2022 Area Leadership Assignments

New European mission created and another reinstated

Area leadership assignments have been announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The changes affect area presidencies and will become effective on August 1, 2022, with the exception of Europe Central, Europe East and Europe North, which are effective immediately.

Members of area presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies. Area presidencies consist of a president and two counselors who operate from area offices in each assigned area.

PDF of New Area Presidencies

These changes mean there will be 23 areas in the Church of Jesus Christ – six that span the United States and Canada and 17 additional areas outside of those two countries, including a new Europe North Area and the Europe Central Area, which will together help supervise an area with a large number of stakes, missions and languages in the region.

The three Europe areas will be as follows:

Europe Central

  • Germany*
  • France
  • Poland
  • Albania
  • Georgia
  • Romania
  • Andorra
  • Greece
  • San Marino
  • Armenia
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kosovo
  • Slovakia
  • Belgium
  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • Malta
  • Tajikistan
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus
  • Netherlands
  • Turkmenistan
  • Czech Republic
  • North Macedonia
  • Uzbekistan

Europe East

  • Russia*
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan

Europe North

  • United Kingdom*
  • Greenland
  • Norway
  • Cape Verde
  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Latvia

  • Finland
  • Lithuania

*Location of the Area office

At this time, Ukraine and Moldova will be separate and overseen by Elder Kyrylo Pokhylko in his role as an Assistant to the Europe North Area Presidency.

Europe Central
Europe Central Area April 2022
Erich W. Kopischke
First Counselor
Massimo De Feo
President

Rubén V. Alliaud
Second Counselor

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Europe East
Europe East April 2022

Nikolai Ustyuzhaninov*
First Counselor

Alexey V. Samaykin*
President
Aleksandr A. Drachyov*
Second Counselor

*Area Seventy

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Europe North
Europe North April 2022

Scott D. Whiting
First Counselor

Hans T. Boom
President
Alan T. Phillips*
Second Counselor
 
Europe North April 2022
Kyrylo Pokhylko*
Assistant to the Area Presidency

*Area Seventy

Beginning in 1984, areas were established to direct the work in geographic locations of the global Church. The area presidencies for the U.S. and Canada will work from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Church’s Middle East/Africa North Area is administered from headquarters.

“The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve … in building up the Church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations” (see Doctrine and Covenants 107:34).
 

New Mission, Another Reinstated


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is creating a new mission in Spain. The Spain Madrid North Mission will include areas from the existing Spain Madrid and Spain Barcelona Missions.

The England Bristol Mission will be reinstated, from the England Birmingham and England London Missions. The boundaries of the England Leeds Mission will also be realigned with these changes.

Kevin E. and Janine D. Gallacher (currently serving in the England Birmingham Mission since July 2021) will be reassigned to the England Bristol Mission. Adam and Heather West will assume leadership of the England Birmingham Mission. Christopher L. and Trista S. Eastland will lead the Spain Madrid North Mission.

These changes will take effect in early July, and there will be a total of 411 missions worldwide.

Presidency of the Seventy

There are no changes in the Presidency of the Seventy. The presidency has been serving together since August 2021. 

Presidency-of-the-Seventy
Presidency-of-the-Seventy
The Presidency of the Seventy: Top from left to right are Elder Patrick Kearon, Elder Carl B. Cook, Elder Jose A. Teixeira and Elder Carlos A. Godoy. Bottom row are Elder Brent H. Nielson, Elder Paul V. Johnson and Elder S. Mark Palmer.

                                                                                                                                               Area Presidencies — United States and Canada

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North America Central

Area-Presidencies-2022

Arnulfo Valenzuela
First Counselor
Chi Hong (Sam) Wong
President
Randall K. Bennett
Second Counselor

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North America Northeast
Area-presidencies-2022
W. Mark Bassett
First Counselor
Allen D. Haynie
President
Vaiangina Sikahema
Second Counselor

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North America Southeast
North America Southeast April 2022
Matthew S. Holland
First Counselor
Vern P. Stanfill
President
Shayne M. Bowen
Second Counselor

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North America Southwest
North America Southwest April 2022
Jose L. Alonso
First Counselor
Paul B. Pieper
President
Michael A. Dunn
Second Counselor

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North America West
North-America-West-April-2022

Valeri V. Cordón
First Counselor
Mark A. Bragg
President
Gary B. Sabin
Second Counselor

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Utah
Utah Area April 2022
Evan A. Schmutz
First Counselor
Kevin W. Pearson
President
Hugo E. Martinez
Second Counselor

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Area Presidencies — Outside U.S. and Canada

Africa Central
Africa Central Area April 2022

Thierry K. Mutombo
First Counselor
Matthew L. Carpenter
President
Ian S. Ardern
Second Counselor

Africa South

Africa South Area April 2022
Marcos A. Aidukaitis
First Counselor
Edward Dube
President
Denelson Silva
Second Counselor

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Africa West
Africa West Area April 2022

Jörg Klebingat
First Counselor
S. Gifford Nielsen
President
Alfred Kyungu
Second Counselor

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Asia
Asia Area April 2022

Benjamin M. Z. Tai
First Counselor
David P. Homer
President

Kelly R. Johnson
Second Counselor

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Asia North Area
Asia North Area April 2022

James R. Rasband
First Counselor
Takashi Wada
President
John A. McCune
Second Counselor

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Brazil
Brazil Area April 2022

Joni L. Koch
First Counselor
Adilson de Paula Parrella
President
Juan A. Uceda
Second Counselor

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Caribbean
Caribbean Area April 2022

Jorge M. Alvarado
First Counselor
Eduardo Gavarret
President

Moisés Villanueva
Second Counselor

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Central America
Central America April 2022
Taylor G. Godoy
First Counselor
Brian K. Taylor
President
Patricio M. Giuffra
Second Counselor

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Mexico
Mexico Area April 2022
Adrián Ochoa
First Counselor
Hugo Montoya
President

Sean Douglas
Second Counselor

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Middle East/Africa North
Middle East/Africa North Area April 2022
Alvin F. Meredith III
First Counselor
Anthony D. Perkins
President
Roland J. Bäck*
Second Counselor

 *Area Seventy

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Pacific
Pacific Area April 2022
Peter F. Meurs
First Counselor
K. Brett Nattress
President
Taniela B. Wakolo
Second Counselor

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Philippines
Philippines Area April 2022
Yoon Hwan Choi
First Counselor
Steven R. Bangerter
President
Carlos G. Revillo Jr.
Second Counselor

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South America Northwest
South America Northwest April 2022
Jorge T. Becerra
First Counselor
Jorge F. Zeballos
President
Rafael E. Pino
Second Counselor

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South America South
South America South April 2022
Joaquin E. Costa
First Counselor

Craig C. Christensen
President

Alan R. Walker
Second Counselor

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