2019 Mission Presidents Called to Guam, Russia, Ghana, and More

  • 23 April 2019

The First Presidency has called 164 new mission presidents and companions who will begin service in July 2019.  Image by Aaron Thorup, Deseret News.

The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2019. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2019 on news.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. (See other published biographies.)

Timothy N. and Kristen L. Cowley

Canada Edmonton Mission

Timothy N. Cowley, 53, and Kristen L. Cowley, nine children, Mesa 30th Ward, Mesa Arizona East Stake: Canada Edmonton Mission, succeeding President George C. Pattison and Sister Lisa D. Pattison. Brother Cowley is a stake missionary preparation instructor and a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission. He was born in McNary, Arizona, to Dixon Duke Cowley and Alice Neal Cowley.

Sister Cowley is a stake missionary preparation instructor and former stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency secretary, ward Primary and Young Women president, Primary teacher, and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Robert Glenn Shields and Marcia Marie Hatch Shields.

Eric and Christina Hicks

Micronesia Guam Mission

Eric Hicks, 59, and Christina Hicks, six children, Mapleton 10th Ward, Mapleton Utah West Stake: Micronesia Guam Mission, succeeding President P. Michael Poston and Sister Wanda K. Poston. Brother and Sister Hicks recently served as senior missionaries in the Asia North Area Public Affairs Office. Brother Hicks is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Japan Nagoya Mission. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Jasper Clyde Hicks and Carol Ann Hicks.

Sister Hicks is a former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary President, and seminary teacher. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Walter Richard Willey and Elizabeth Carol Zimmerman.

David and Michelle Hollingsworth

Florida Tampa Mission

David Hollingsworth, 62, and Michelle Hollingsworth, three children, Crystal Falls Ward, Cedar Park Texas Stake: Florida Tampa Mission, succeeding President Kendall J. Cooper and Sister Christine Cooper. Brother Hollingsworth is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake clerk, high councilor, bishop, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the France Toulouse Mission. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Howard Earl Hollingsworth and Wyla Jean Hollingsworth.

Sister Hollingsworth is a former stake Young Women president, stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary president, Young Women adviser, Sunday School teacher, and seminary teacher. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Ralph Leon Barrett and Carmen Hunt.

Robert J. and Lynnette Meek

Chile Osorno Mission

Robert J. Meek, 54, and Lynnette Meek, four children, Enterprise Ward, Morgan Utah West Stake: Chile Osorno Mission, succeeding President Mark P. Isom and Sister Cynthia D. Isom. Brother Meek is a stake Young Men president and a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. He was born in La Jara, Colorado, to Lewis Eugene Meek and Donna Rae Reed Shepherd.

Sister Meek is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Primary and Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the China Hong Kong Mission. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Robert Earl Wilson and Ida Emelia Funk Wilson.

Adrian B. and Rita L. Parry

México México City East Mission

Adrian B. Parry, 53, and Rita L. Parry, seven children, North Park 4th Ward, Provo Utah North Park Stake: México México City East Mission, succeeding President Siegfried A. Naumann and Sister Riitta H. Naumann. Brother Parry is a high councilor and temple ordinance worker and a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the México México City North Mission. He was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Bert Hale Parry and Diamantina Alba Parry.

Sister Parry is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, stake Young Women camp director, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, and missionary in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission. She was born in Driggs, Idaho, to Don Edmund Howard and Ramona LaVerne Fowers Howard.

Curtis D. and Diane Reese

Nevada Las Vegas West Mission

Curtis D. Reese, 57, and Diane Reese, five children, Cristianitos Ward, San Clemente California Stake: Nevada Las Vegas West Mission, succeeding President Martin N. Walker and Sister Laura J. Walker. Brother Reese is a seminary and Sunday School teacher and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the England London East Mission. He was born in Kanab, Utah, to Lane Linder Reese and Anna Lou Frost Reese.

Sister Reese is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, and Cub Scout leader. She was born in Salt Lake City to Paul Nofear Davis and Rae Jean Poulter Davis.

D. Corey and Melissa C. Sanders

Ghana Accra West Mission

D. Corey Sanders, 59, and Melissa C. Sanders, two children, Safford Kimball Ward (Spanish), Safford Arizona Stake: Ghana Accra West Mission, succeeding President Robert H. Simpson and Sister Jinny Simpson. Brother and Sister Sanders are serving as senior missionaries in the Ghana Accra Mission. Brother Sanders is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, branch president, and missionary in the Japan Nagoya Mission. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Earl K Sanders and Marva June Moody Sanders.

Sister Sanders is a former ward Young Women and Primary president and Sunday School, Relief Society, and seminary teacher. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, daughter of Colen Eddy and Shirley Ann Menser Eddy Kugler.

Nikolay and Yuliya Ustyuzhaninov

Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission

Nikolay Ustyuzhaninov, 40, and Yuliya Ustyuzhaninova, four children, Perm Branch, Yekaterinburg Russia District: Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission, succeeding President S. Eric Ottesen and Sister Elizabeth Doughty Ottesen. Brother Ustyuzhaninov is a former mission presidency counselor, district president, district presidency counselor, branch president, and missionary in the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission. He was born in Perm, Russia, to Anatoliy Ustyuzhaninov and Tamara Ponomaryova Ustyuzhaninova.

Sister Ustyuzhaninova is a former branch Relief Society presidency counselor and temple and family history consultant. She was born in Perm, Russia, to Nikolay Savinovskiy and Svetlana Belova Savinovskaya.