The Aaronic Priesthood is the basic organization for the young men of the Church ages 12 through 18. The Young Men organization is an auxiliary or help to the priesthood. The Young Men organization promotes the growth and development of each young man through quorum instruction, quorum activities, and combined Young Men–Young Women activities. The Duty to God program is also an integral part of this effort.
Young Men General President
Stephen W. Owen was sustained as the Young Men general president on April 4, 2015. His previous Church service includes serving as a full-time missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission, president of the California Arcadia Mission, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, high councilor, Scoutmaster, ward Young Men president, and elders quorum president.
He received a bachelor of science degree in finance at the University of Utah and is a business owner in Provo, Utah. He is married to Jane Stringham, and they are the parents of five children.
First Counselor, Young Men General Presidency
Douglas D. Holmes was sustained as the first counselor in the Young Men general presidency on April 4, 2015. His Church service includes; full time missionary in the Glasgow Scotland Mission, president of the Michigan Detroit Mission, Stake presidency councilor, bishop, ward Young Men president, stake Young Men presidency, ward mission leader, and temple ordinance worker.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in family science and an MBA, both from Brigham Young University. He worked in several positions for MediaOne, a global telecommunications company, including CFO and executive vice president. He is now self-employed as an investor and developer. He is married to Erin Sue Toone, and they are the parents of six children.
Second Counselor, Young Men General Presidency
M. Joseph Brough was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men general presidency on April 4, 2015. Previously, he has served as president of the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission, ward Young Men president, bishop, bishop’s counselor, and high councilor.
He received a bachelor of arts in finance and a master of business administration from the University of Utah. He is a business owner in Brigham City, Utah. He is married to Emily Jane Thompson Brough, and they are the parents of four children.
General Young Men Board
Steven J. Lund was serving as ward Young Men’s president when called to serve on the Young Men’s General Board in 2015. He has also served as an Area Seventy in the Utah South Area, president of the Georgia Atlanta Mission, stake president’s councilor, bishop, ward mission leader, high councilor, elders quorum president, and as a missionary in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and a law degree, both from Brigham Young University. He is senior executive of a Utah based cosmetics company, and is a member of the State Board of Regents. He is married to Kalleen Kirk, and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Robert H. Heyn was born and raised in Bogota Colombia. He has previously served in the Church as president of the Mexico Tijuana Mission, in a stake presidency, as a high councilor, as a bishop, mission councilor, and as a missionary in the Colombia Bogota Mission.
He has a degree in systems management from the Politecnico GranColombiano University, a bachelor's degree in management information systems and an MBA in Marketing and Finance, both from Brigham Young University. His career includes working for corporate and nonprofit organizations, and business owner. Currently, he is the CEO of a nonprofit organization in Provo, Utah.
He is married to Yolanda Santamaria. They have two sons and 2 granddaughters.
Mark J. Pendleton was called as a member of the Young Men General Board in 2015. He is presently employed by the Church in the Missionary Department as an In-field Representative and Trainer. He served as a Mission President in the California Roseville Mission from 2008 - 2011, Stake President, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake and Ward Young Men Presidents, Stake YSA Advisor, Scout Master and Woodbadge Training. He served a full time mission in the California Oakland Mission as a young man. Brother Pendleton is married to JoAnn Jordan. They are the parents of 5 children, 16 grandchildren and currently reside in Salt Lake City Utah.
Stephen H. Hess was raised in Farmington, Utah. He loves the young men of the church and knows they were not sent here to fail. His church service includes president of the Michigan Lansing Mission, stake patriarch, counselor in the stake presidency, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, stake and ward young men’s president.
He received his bachelor of science in history and psychology, with a secondary teaching certificate, a masters degree in Instructional Systems and Learning Resources and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Utah. He is the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO for the University of Utah and the State System of Higher Education. He is married to Vicki Killpack, and they are the parents of nine children.
Chad R. Wilkinson was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and served a mission in the Dominican Republic. He and his wife Allison met on a blind date on Friday the 13th. They are the parents of three daughters and one son.
He is employed with Seminaries and Institutes of Religion and has had assignments as assistant administrator, area director, institute teacher, and seminary teacher and is currently serving as the Institute Director of Orem Institute of Religion (UVU).
He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah and a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University.
Brother Wilkinson serves on the Young Men’s General Board and has served as a mission president in Costa Rica, stake president and as a bishop.