Eight New Mission Presidents Called to Serve Beginning in July 2016

Contributed By the Church News

  • 21 January 2016

Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Armenia Yerevan Mission

Allen B. and Sheri L. Bostrom

Allen Bryan Bostrom, 61, and Sheri Lee Lewis Bostrom, four children, Rose Canyon 7th Ward, Herriman Utah Rose Canyon Stake: Armenia Yerevan Mission, succeeding President J. Steven Carlson and Sister Diane Carlson. Brother Bostrom previously served as a stake presidency counselor, stake executive secretary, bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president, ward Young Men presidency counselor, and missionary in the Sweden Stockholm Mission. Chairman, Universal Accounting Center. Born in Long Beach, California, to Alf Victor Laurits Bostrom and Betty Gene Blomquist Bostrom.

Sister Bostrom serves as a ward Primary secretary and is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and Primary teacher. Born in Bozeman, Montana, to Kendall Gary Lewis and Georgiann Swensen Lewis.

California Redlands Mission

Michelle and Sean R. Dixon

Sean Romney Dixon, 45, and Michelle Lundquist Dixon, five children, Aspen Meadows 1st Ward, Spanish Fork Utah East Stake: California Redlands Mission, succeeding President Daniel J. Van Cott and Sister Emily Van Cott. Brother Dixon serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. Utah Valley South Area director, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Provo, Utah, to Donald Romney Dixon and Diane Scott Dixon.

Sister Dixon serves as a ward missionary, Sunday School teacher, and temple bride’s room volunteer. She is a former ward Young Women president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary music leader, and Relief Society teacher. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Fredrick Kent Lundquist and Geneal Norris Lundquist Gilmore.

Colombia Barranquilla Mission 

Patricia and John J. Gallego

John Jairo Gallego Infante, 42, and Patricia Martinez de Gallego, two children, Alejandria Ward, Bogotá Colombia El Dorado Stake: Colombia Barranquilla Mission, succeeding President Kent R. Searle and Sister Marilyn Searle. Brother Gallego serves as a stake president and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Colombia Barranquilla Mission. Manager, Colombia Missionary Training Center. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, to Gustavo Adolfo Gallego Hoyos and Carmen Julia de Gallego.

Sister Gallego is a former Sunday School teacher, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and missionary in the Colombia Bogota North Mission. Born in Cali, Colombia, to Jehovah Martínez and Emma Trujillo de Martínez.

Nigeria Enugu Mission

Francis O. and Ada U. Nmeribe

Francis Onyebueze Nmeribe, 59, and Ada Uche Kalu Nmeribe, three children, Sango Ward, Lagos Nigeria Agege Stake: Nigeria Enugu Mission, succeeding President Freebody A. Mensah and Sister Esther Mensah. Brother Nmeribe serves as a ward young single adult adviser and is a former stake president, bishop, district president, and district presidency counselor. International security manager, Africa West Area, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Ntigha, Nigeria, to Lawrence Ochulo Nmeribe and Mercy Sussannah Eziakonwa Ahamba Nmeribe.

Sister Nmeribe serves as a ward young single adult adviser and is a former stake Relief Society president, district Primary president, and ward and branch Relief Society president. Born in Umuahia, Nigeria, to Uche Kalu Amogu and Diana Efere Ojukwu Amogu.

Oregon Salem Mission

Nadine and Paul Tateoka

Paul Kenji Tateoka, 57, and Nadine Saito Tateoka, three children, Hazelton 2nd Ward, Jerome Idaho Stake: Oregon Salem Mission, succeeding President Michael R. Samuelian and Sister LuAnn Samuelian. Brother Tateoka is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, seminary teacher, elders quorum presidency counselor, and missionary in the Japan Okayama Mission. Farmer. Born in Salt Lake City to Jim Suetaka Tateoka and Ko Takeuchi Tateoka.

Sister Tateoka is a former stake Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Primary secretary, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to George Goro Saito and Clara Yoshie Kuramoto Saito.

Brazil São Paulo West Mission

Thomas W. and Ellen Mathias Thomas

Thomas Willard Thomas, 60, and Ellen Roselani Mathias Thomas, six children, Woodward Park Ward, Fresno California Stake: Brazil São Paulo West Mission, succeeding President José Luiz Del Guerso and Sister Rosane Del Guerso. Brother Thomas serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former bishop, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. Orthopedic surgeon, Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. Born in Provo, Utah, to Thomas Vernerd Thomas Jr. and Shirlene Marie Reynolds Thomas.

Sister Thomas serves as a seminary teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, and stake musical director. Born in Lahaina, Hawaii, to Edward Kealiikaapuni Mathias and Carrie Eardley Mathias.

Poland Warsaw Mission

Adrienne and Mateusz Turek

Mateusz Zbigniew Turek, 36, and Adrienne Turek, three children, Dortmund Ward, Dortmund Germany Stake: Poland Warsaw Mission, succeeding President Steven C. Edgren and Sister Martha Susan Edgren. Brother Turek serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former high councilor, branch president, ward Sunday School president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the England London South Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, to Zbigniew Turek and Elżbieta Jolanta Kaźmierczak.

Sister Turek serves as a ward Primary president and is a former ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society secretary, and Relief Society and Primary teacher. Born in Räckelwitz, Germany, to Matthias Rudolf Hammer and Marion Marianne Hammer.

Korea Seoul South Mission

Roger W. and Terri L. Turner

Roger William Turner, 56, and Terri Lynn Hurst Turner, five children, Plainfield Ward, Indianapolis Indiana West Stake: Korea Seoul South Mission, succeeding President Marshall R. Morrise and Sister Susan L. Morrise. Brother Turner is a former stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, branch president, Scoutmaster, and missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission. Global Mobility Lead, Eli Lilly and Company (Pharmaceuticals). Born in Laramie, Wyoming, to Donald Keith Turner and Lula Blanche Fielding Turner.

Sister Turner is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, Primary achievement day leader, nursery leader, and seminary teacher. Born in Provo, Utah, to Leon Hurst and Suzanne Nelson Hurst.