First Presidency Calls Eight New Visitors’ Center Directors for 2017

Contributed By the Church News

  • 22 November 2016

Eight new visitors’ center directors and their wives have been called. They will begin their service in January of 2017.

Pennsylvania Priesthood Restoration Site

Kenneth C. and Marilyn Abney

Kenneth Carlyle Abney, 69, and Marilyn Weed Abney, five children, Crosswinds 1st Ward, Spanish Fork Utah South Stake: Priesthood Restoration Site (in Pennsylvania) succeeding Elder Kyle B. Walker and Sister Beverly Walker. Brother Abney is a former bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president, ward Young Men presidency counselor, and missionary in the German Mission. Retired botanist. Born in Mesa, Arizona, to Wilbur Kenneth Abney and Tenna Louise Turley Heap.

Sister Abney serves as a Relief Society teacher and is a former stake and ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. Born in Provo, Utah, to Floyd Barg Weed and Deaun Moulton Weed.

Park City Family Tree Center

Douglas L. and Janet Andersen

Douglas Lamont Andersen, 76, and Janet Cox Andersen, five children, Bitner Ranch Ward, Park City Utah Stake: Park City Family Tree Center, succeeding Elder L. Merill Bryan and Sister Nancy Bryan. Brother and Sister Andersen previously served a mission in the Asia Area. He is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, regional executive secretary, and high councilor. Retired chief executive officer and president, Allied Insurance Co. Born in Hyrum, Utah, to Eugene Delos Andersen and Juliet Josephine Albretsen.

Sister Andersen is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society compassionate service leader, and Primary teacher. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to DeLaun E. Cox and Marjorie J. Richards.

St. George Temple Visitors’ Center

Barre G. and Karen M. Burgon

Barre Glade Burgon, 66, and Karen Manning Burgon, five children, Shadow Mountain Ward, Ogden Utah Weber Stake: St. George Temple Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder Brent B. Cleverly and Sister Lee Ann S. Cleverly. Brother and Sister Burgon recently served as a senior missionary couple. He is a former stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Northwestern States Mission. Retired lawyer. Born in Salt Lake City to Glade Lynn Burgon and Laura Palmer Burgon.

Sister Burgon is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Young Women and Primary president. Born in Salt Lake City to John Paul Manning and Coy Echo Christensen Manning.

Cove Fort (Utah) Historic Site

Richard W. and Louise H. Crosby

Richard Wendell Crosby, 68, and Louise Hinckley Crosby, five children, Bloomington 3rd Ward, St. George Utah Southgate Stake: Cove Fort (Utah) Historic Site, succeeding Elder Ross A. Clark and Sister Ana Clark. Brother Crosby serves as a high priests group instructor and temple ordinance worker and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, stake executive secretary, high councilor, and missionary in the Alaskan Canadian Mission. Retired manager from a sanitary supply business. Born in San Bernardino, California, to Wendell Miles Crosby and Mary Ashcroft Crosby.

Sister Crosby serves as a stake Relief Society secretary and temple ordinance worker and is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, and ward Young Women presidency counselor. Born in Salt Lake City to Arza Athaniel Hinckley and Erma Taysom Hinckley.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center

Mark A. and Cheryl C. Ferrin

Mark Allen Ferrin, 66, and Cheryl Anne Collett Ferrin, five children, Nordic Valley Ward, Huntsville Utah Stake: Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder John E. Fowler and Sister Marie Fowler. Brother Ferrin serves as a stake public affairs director and is a former president of the Philippines Naga Mission, interim mission president, bishop, temple ordinance worker, and missionary in the Philippines Mission. Retired attorney. Born in Dallas, Texas, to John Jay Ferrin and Jeanne Ashton Ferrin.

Sister Ferrin serves as an assistant director of public affairs. She previously served with her husband in the Philippines Naga Mission and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Born in Murray, Utah, to Edward Reuben Collett and Mildred Ellen Page Collett.

Historic Kirtland (Ohio) Visitors’ Center

Gilbert M. and Leslie G. Jennings

Gilbert M. Jennings, 66, and Leslie Rae Gurr Jennings, five children, Pine Valley Branch, St. George Utah North Stake: Historic Kirtland (Ohio) Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder William W. Wynder and Sister Carol Wynder. Brother Jennings serves as a high councilor and is a former bishop, high councilor, stake and ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Brazil Central Mission. Owner and general manager, Jennings Management, Inc. Born in St. George, Utah, to Lloyd Leon Jennings and Annie McArthur Jennings.

Sister Jennings serves as a stake young single adult adviser and is a former stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women presidency counselor, and ward Primary president. Born in Salt Lake City to Kenyon Robb Gurr and Gloria Leone Gardiner Gurr.

Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center

Robert B. and KLynn W. Lochhead

Robert Bruce Lochhead, 64, and KLynn Walker Lochhead, six children, Dutch Canyon Ward, Midway Utah Stake: Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder Norman L. Ashton and Sister Meredith Ashton. Brother Lochhead is a former president of the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, bishop, high councilor, institute teacher, Sunday School teacher, temple ordinance worker, and missionary in the Germany North Mission. Retired lawyer. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Angus Tulloch Lochhead Jr. and Matilda Evangeline Thurman Lochhead.

Sister Lochhead previously served with her husband in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission. She serves as a ward Relief Society president and is a former ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, stake music director, and temple ordinance worker. Born in Nampa, Idaho, to Wendell Holmes Walker and Beth Packard Walker.

Wyoming Mormon Trail Mission

Lonny V. and Carolyn L. Pace

Lonny Van Pace, 65, and Carolyn Lee Butts Pace, three children, Prairie 7th Ward, West Jordan Utah Prairie Stake: Wyoming Mormon Trail Mission, succeeding President Blaine J. Bushman and Sister Margene Bushman. Brother Pace is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Ireland Mission. Retired elevator mechanic, Otis Elevator. Born in Heber, Utah, to Clarence Elmer Pace and Thora Hill Van Leuven Pace.

Sister Pace is a former stake Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Lynwood, California, to William Roland Butts and Elizabeth Jean Holman Butts.