New Temple Presidents and Matrons Assigned to Nashville and Fort Collins Temples

Contributed By the Church News

  • 22 April 2016

Two new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

Nashville Tennessee Temple

Kristine B. and Thomas E. Allen

Thomas Earl Allen, 67, Thompsons Station 2nd Ward, Franklin Tennessee Stake, called as president of the Nashville Tennessee Temple, succeeding President Russell B. Barber. President Allen’s wife, Kristine Brailsford Allen, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sharlene T. Barber. Brother Allen serves as the first counselor in the Nashville Tennessee Temple. He has served in a stake presidency and as a bishop, patriarch, high councilor, and stake Young Men president. A retired high school teacher, he was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Earl Donald and Emma Jean Allen.

Sister Allen serves as an assistant to the matron in the Nashville Tennessee Temple. She has served in a stake Relief Society presidency and as a stake and ward Young Women president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kenneth Penney and Marian A Whitesides Brailsford.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple

J. Steven and Sandra K. Garrett

John Steven Garrett, 71, Huntington Hills Ward, Loveland Colorado Stake, called as president of the new Fort Collins Colorado Temple. President Garrett’s wife, Sandra Gail Kimball Garrett, will serve as temple matron. Brother Garrett serves as an ordinance worker in the Denver Colorado Temple. He has served as stake president, bishop, high councilor, high priests group leader, and temple missionary. A retired senior vice president of clinical research of Atrix Laboratories and Tolmar, Inc., he was born in Ogden, Utah, to Louis Glen and Winnifred Cranney Garrett.

Sister Garrett serves as a Relief Society meeting committee member and as a temple ordinance worker. She has also served as stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, in a ward Primary presidency, seminary teacher, and temple missionary. She was born in Oakland, California, to Sy Young and Betty Jean Kimball.