First Presidency Announces 2019 Area Leadership Assignments

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 26 April 2019

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks (left) and President Henry B. Eyring (right), enter the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a session of the April 2019 general conference.

Article Highlights

  • Changes in the Church’s area leadership assignments become effective on August 1, 2019.

The First Presidency has announced changes in the Church’s area leadership assignments, which will become effective on August 1, 2019.

All members of Area Presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies.

The First Presidency also announced that seven areas in the United States and Canada will be combined into three areas.

Effective August 1, the North America Northwest Area and the North America West will combine to become the North America West Area. The Idaho Area and North America Central Area will become the North America Central Area. And the Utah North Area, Utah Salt Lake City Area, and Utah South Area will combine to become the Utah Area.

With the changes, the Church will have 15 areas outside North America and 6 areas inside North America for a total of 21.

Beginning in 1984, the Church established areas to direct the work in geographic locations. The Area Presidencies for the United States and Canada will work from Church headquarters; area presidencies outside of the United States and Canada operate from area offices in each assigned area. The Church’s Middle East/North Africa Area is administered from headquarters.

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles act under the direction of the First Presidency “to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations. ... 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” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:33–34).

Presidency of the Seventy
L. Whitney Clayton
President
Patrick Kearon
President
Carl B. Cook
President
Robert C. Gay
President
 
Terence M. Vinson
President
José A. Teixeira
President
Carlos A. Godoy
President
 
North America Central
Chi Hong (Sam) Wong
First Counselor
S. Gifford Nielsen
President
Matthew L. Carpenter
Second Counselor

 

North America Northeast
Allen D. Haynie
First Counselor
Randall K. Bennett
President
W. Mark Bassett
Second Counselor

 

North America Southeast
Vern P. Stanfill
First Counselor
James B. Martino
President
Hugo Montoya
Second Counselor

 

North America Southwest
Adrián Ochoa
First Counselor
Paul B. Pieper
President
Kyle S. McKay
Second Counselor

 

North America West
Scott D. Whiting
First Counselor
Kevin W. Pearson
President
Jörg Klebingat
Second Counselor

 

Utah
Randy D. Funk
First Counselor
Craig C. Christensen
President
Walter F. González
Second Counselor

 

Africa Southeast
Joseph W. Sitati
First Counselor
S. Mark Palmer
President
Joni L. Koch
Second Counselor
Africa West
Edward Dube
First Counselor
Marcus B. Nash
President
Hugo E. Martinez
Second Counselor
Asia
Peter F. Meurs
First Counselor
David F. Evans
President
David P. Homer
Second Counselor
Asia North Area
Takashi Wada
First Counselor
Yoon Hwan Choi
President
L. Todd Budge
Second Counselor
Brazil
Adilson de Paula Parrella
First Counselor
Marcos A. Aidukaitis
President
Joaquin E. Costa
Second Counselor
Caribbean
Eduardo Gavarret
First Counselor
José L. Alonso
President
Elder Jorge M. Alvarado
Second Counselor
Central America
Brian K. Taylor
First Counselor
Juan A. Uceda
President
Elder Alan R. Walker
Second Counselor
Europe
Massimo De Feo
First Counselor
Gary B. Sabin
President
Erich W. Kopischke
Second Counselor
Europe East
Hans T. Boom
First Counselor
Christoffel Golden
President
Alexy V. Samaykin
Second Counselor
Mexico
Rafael E. Pino
First Counselor
Arnulfo Valenzuela
President
John C. Pingree Jr.
Second Counselor
Middle East/Africa North
Larry S. Kacher
First Counselor
Anthony D. Perkins
President
Jeffrey H. Singer
Second Counselor
Pacific
K. Brett Nattress
First Counselor
Ian S. Ardern
President
Kazuhiko Yamashita
Second Counselor
Philippines
Taniela B. Wakolo
First Counselor
Evan A. Schmutz
President
Steven R. Bangerter
Second Counselor
South America Northwest
Jorge F. Zeballos
First Counselor
Enrique R. Falabella
President
Mathias Held
Second Counselor
South America South
Mark A. Bragg
First Counselor
Benjamín De Hoyos
President
Juan Pablo Villar
Second Counselor