New 2016 Temple Presidents Called for Temples in Manhattan, Dallas, Seattle, and More

  • 18 May 2016

The First Presidency has called the following six new temple presidents and matrons.

Manhattan New York Temple

Earl M. and Dorothy N. Bench

Earl Markham Bench, 76, Westchester 1st Ward, Westchester New York Stake, called as president of the Manhattan New York Temple, succeeding President Steven D. Bennion. President Bench’s wife, Dorothy Jean Norton Bench, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Marjorie H. Bennion. Brother Bench serves as second counselor in the Manhattan New York Temple presidency. He has served as a stake president, bishop, high councilor, and in a mission presidency. Retired president of Bench Consulting LLC, he was born in Los Angeles, California, to Earl Stauffer and Ruth Myrtle Evans Bench.

Sister Bench serves as an assistant to the matron at the Manhattan New York Temple. She has also served as a stake and ward Relief Society president, regional public affairs director, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and ward organist. She was born in Havre, Montana, to Don Evan and Vera Camilla Norton.

Medford Oregon Temple

Steven W. and Irene C. Bergstedt

Steven William Bergstedt, 72, Foothill 6th Ward, Salt Lake Foothill Stake, called as president of the Medford Oregon Temple, succeeding President Keith E. Woodley. President Bergstedt’s wife, Irene Corbett Bergstedt, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Kriss N. Woodley. Brother Bergstedt serves as a temple sealer. He has served as president of the California Arcadia Mission, president of the Norway Oslo Mission, stake president, bishop, and area family history adviser. Retired corporate director of physician services for IASIS Healthcare Corporation, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Henrik Waldemar and Ruth Nilsen Bergstedt.

Sister Bergstedt serves as a temple ordinance worker. She served with her husband as he presided over the California Arcadia and Norway Oslo Missions, and has served as stake Relief Society president, a counselor in a stake Young Women presidency and ward Relief Society presidency, ward Young Women president, and as an area family history adviser. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mack Colvin and Grace Perschon Corbett.

Dallas Texas Temple

John G. and Cheryl S. Elmer

John Golden Elmer, 63, Keller 2nd Ward, Colleyville Texas Stake, called as president of the Dallas Texas Temple, succeeding President C. Bruce Jones. President Elmer’s wife, Cheryl Ann Semones Elmer, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Jerri C. Jones. Brother Elmer serves as a stake Young Single Adult adviser and a temple sealer. He has served as president of the Australia Sydney South Mission, stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and institute teacher. Joint owner and founder of Parkway Construction and Architecture, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Golden Charles and Dorothy Jean Peterson Elmer.

Sister Elmer serves as a stake young single adult adviser and temple ordinance worker. She served with her husband as he presided over the Australia Sydney South Mission, and has also served as ward and branch Relief Society president, in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies, and as a seminary teacher. She was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jack Wesley and Betty Louise Anderson Semones.

Birmingham Alabama Temple

Thomas E. and Barbara P. Mayfield

Thomas Edmund Mayfield, 72, Weatherly Ward, Huntsville Alabama Stake, called as president of the Birmingham Alabama Temple, succeeding President Robert M. McChesney. President Mayfield’s wife, Barbara Ann Price Mayfield, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Laraine F. McChesney. Brother Mayfield serves as the first counselor in the Birmingham Alabama Temple presidency. He has served in a stake presidency and as bishop, patriarch, high councilor, and temple ordinance worker. Retired supervisor of Unisys, he was born in Murray, Utah, to Thomas Albert and Leona Irene Mayfield.

Sister Mayfield serves as an assistant to the matron of the Birmingham Alabama Temple. She has served as stake and ward Primary president; counselor in a stake Young Women presidency; ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; and seminary teacher. She was born in Waco, Texas, to Buford Raymond Price and Jimmie Lucille Andrews.

Seattle Washington Temple

John C. and Judy Ogden

John Charles Ogden, 70, Bainbridge Island Ward, Silverdale Washington Stake, called as president of the Seattle Washington Temple, succeeding President Thomas R. Olson. President Ogden’s wife, Judy Ogden, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Kathleen D. Olson. Brother Ogden serves as a stake Sunday School president, temple ordinance worker, and temple sealer. He has served as president of the England Birmingham Mission, stake president, bishop, and welfare regional chairman. Retired president/chief executive officer of SunCor Development Corporation, he was born in Los Angeles, California, to John Herbert and Lillian Elsie Beurrier Ogden.

Sister Ogden serves as a ward Young Women president. She served with her husband as he presided over the England Birmingham Mission and has also served in a stake Relief Society presidency and as ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Long Beach, California, to William Ronald and Lucille Ashbaker Tibbitts.

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Michael A. and Christine A. Roberts

Michael Alexander Roberts, 66, Paraparaumu Ward, Porirua New Zealand Stake, called as president of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, succeeding President Sidney M. Going. President Roberts’s wife, Christine Anne Dil Roberts, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Colleen S. Going. Brother Roberts serves as a senior missionary and stake high councilor. He has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission, stake president, bishop, and interfaith relations director. Retired academic vice president of the Auckland Institute of Studies St. Helens, he was born in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, to William and Norma Roberts.

Sister Roberts serves as a senior missionary. She served with her husband as he presided over the Japan Tokyo North Mission and has also served in stake Relief Society and Primary presidencies and as stake and ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and country Ensign insert coordinator. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to Wilfred Thomas and Gloria May Dil.