New Mission Presidents Called to Areas Including Russia, Uganda, and Mexico

Contributed By the Church News

  • 4 April 2016

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

Russia Yekaterinburg Mission

Ray M. and Julie B. Beck

Ray Mickelsen Beck, 58, and Julie Barfuss Beck, four children, Homestead Ward, Murray Utah South Stake: Russia Yekaterinburg Mission, succeeding President Val J. Christensen and Sister Lauralee B. Christensen. Brother Beck is a former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, high priests group leader, ward mission leader, district Scouting chairman, ward librarian, and missionary in the Switzerland Zurich Mission. Attorney, Cohne Kinghorn. Born in Salt Lake City to Russell Ray Beck and Jane Maxine Mickelsen Beck.

Sister Beck is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, and Primary pianist. Born in Salt Lake City to Joseph Andrew Barfuss and LaRue Barton Barfuss.

Uganda Kampala Mission

Stephen H. and Tracy Ann Collings

Stephen Howard Collings, 48, and Tracy Ann Wright Collings, four children, Grantsville 14th Ward, Grantsville Utah Stake: Uganda Kampala Mission, succeeding President Robert F. Chatfield and Sister Katherine D. Chatfield. Brother Collings is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, and missionary in the Washington DC South Mission. An owner of Varsity Contractors and former owner of American Maintenance and Executive Facilities Services. Born in Salt Lake City to David Dean Collings and Marcia Kay Kenney Collings.

Sister Collings serves as a Relief Society teacher and is a former ward Primary president, ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and Primary teacher. Born in Provo, Utah, to David Harry Wright and Vivian Dickson Wright.

México Culiacán Mission

Carlos A. and Ana Laura Gabaldon

Carlos Alberto Gabaldón Royval, 39, and Ana Laura Loera de Gabaldón, four children, Sauces Ward, Toluca México Stake: México Culiacán Mission, succeeding President Jesús Velez and Sister Antionette Velez. Brother Gabaldón is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the México México City North Mission. Regional facilities manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Chihuahua, México, to Alfredo Gabaldón Orozco and Martha Elena Royval de Gabaldón.

Sister Gabaldón serves as a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; ward Primary presidency counselor; and seminary teacher. Born in Chihuahua, México, to Jesús Enrique Loera Gómez and Celia Gpe. Ortiz de Loera.

Utah Salt Lake City South Mission

J. Christopher and Erlynn E. Lansing

James Christopher Lansing, 65, and Erlynn Ensign Lansing, four children, Glen Allen Ward, Richmond Virginia Stake: Utah Salt Lake City South Mission, succeeding President Robert E. Chambers and Sister Robin Sue Chambers. Brother Lansing serves as a high priests group instructor and is a former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, and missionary in the British South Mission. Owner and chief executive officer, Lansing Building Products. Born in Richmond, Virginia, to Theodore Hebert Lansing and Doris Rogers Lansing.

Sister Lansing is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, seminary and institute teacher, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Milton Dale Ensign and Joyce Murdock Baskin.

México Chihuahua Mission

Leticia and Jose L. Montoya

Jose Luis Montoya Monroy, 57, and Leticia Marin Montoya, five children, Neely Ward, Gilbert Arizona Stapley Stake: México Chihuahua Mission, succeeding President Ulises Chávez and Sister Sonia Chávez. Brother and Sister Montoya recently served as missionaries in the México Area. Brother Montoya serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the México Veracruz Mission. Self-employed business owner. Born in Fresno, California, to Abel Montoya Gutiérrez and Maclovia Monroy.

Sister Montoya serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, and seminary teacher. Born in Martínez de la Torre, México, to Roberto Marin and Emilia García.

Arizona Scottsdale Mission

Leean Malan and Marc B. Robinson

Marc Burton Robinson, 57, and Leean Ellen Malan Robinson, six children, Brookside Ward, Stockton California Stake: Arizona Scottsdale Mission, succeeding President Karl R. Sweeney and Sister DeAnne Sweeney. Brother Robinson serves as a Pathway program missionary and is a former stake president, stake mission president, bishop, ward Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the California Oakland Mission. Attorney, Robinson Bradford LLP. Born in Helsinki, Finland, to Phileon Benjamin Robinson Jr. and Hortense Burton Robinson.

Sister Robinson serves as a Pathway program missionary and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Primary president, Relief Society teacher, and ward choir director. Born in Los Angeles, California, to Kirk Howard Malan and Mary Ellen Black Malan.

Perú Lima West Mission

Michelle L. and Colin C. Stauffer

Colin Christopher Stauffer, 47, and Michelle Lange Stauffer, five children, Darien Ward, Yorktown New York Stake: Perú Lima West Mission, succeeding President Blake D. Archibald and Sister DeAnn Archibald. Brother Stauffer serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former bishop, stake mission president, high councilor, seminary teacher, and missionary in the México México City East Mission. Managing director, Portfolio Advisors LLC. Born in Salt Lake City to J. Hyde Stauffer and Kathleen Christenson Stauffer.

Sister Stauffer serves as a ward Young Women presidency counselor and is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Primary president, and Primary teacher. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Frederick Guy Lange and Beverly Taylor Lange.