Seven New Temple Presidents Called

  • 29 April 2015

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

Indianapolis Indiana Temple

John J. and Karen R. Chipman

John Jensen Chipman, 68, Foothill 6th Ward, Salt Lake Foothill Stake, called as president of the new Indianapolis Indiana Temple. President Chipman’s wife, Karen Russon Chipman, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a Gospel Doctrine teacher and temple ordinance worker. He has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Peru Piura Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor, and Church-service missionary. Retired medical adviser of Eli Lilly and Company, he was born in Salt Lake City to Dean Whitaker and Phyllis Gene Jensen Chipman.

Sister Chipman serves as a Gospel Doctrine teacher and temple ordinance worker. She served with her husband as he presided over the Peru Piura Mission. She has also served as ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president and seminary and institute teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Joseph Eugene and Ila May Maughan Russon.

Accra Ghana Temple

Vanessa S. and Stephen L. Graham

Stephen LaMar Graham, 71, Oak Hills 2nd Ward, Provo Utah Oak Hills Stake, called as president of the Accra Ghana Temple, succeeding President George B. Afful. President Graham’s wife, Vanessa Jane Schofield Graham, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Victoria B. Afful. He serves as a senior missionary chaplain at BYU–Hawaii. He has served as president of the Tahiti Papeete Mission, president of the Ghana Missionary Training Center, bishop, and temple ordinance worker. Retired associate director of training at the Provo Missionary Training Center, he was born in Rigby, Idaho, to Leonard Everett and Evelyn Green Graham.

Sister Graham serves as a senior missionary at BYU–Hawaii. She served with her husband as he presided over the Tahiti Papeete Mission and over the Ghana Missionary Training Center. She has also served as stake and ward Young Women camp director, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, ward Primary president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, to John Armitage Schofield and Irene Plumtree.

The Gila Valley Arizona Temple

Mark C. and Nona U. Herrington

Mark Clayton Herrington, 63, Safford 1st Ward, Safford Arizona Stake, called as president of The Gila Valley Arizona Temple, succeeding President Jay G. Layton. President Herrington’s wife, Nona Kay Udall Herrington, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Diane Layton. He serves as a Sunday School teacher, temple ordinance worker, and temple sealer. He has served as stake president, mission president’s counselor, high councilor, bishop’s counselor, and senior missionary. A farmer, he was born in Ogden, Utah, to Norma Clayton and Betty Irene Herrington.

Sister Herrington serves as a Gospel Doctrine teacher and temple ordinance worker. She has served as stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society and Primary president, and senior missionary. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Lee Kenyon and Leona Udall.

Denver Colorado Temple

Renae L. and Robert M. Lewis Jr.

Robert Moss Lewis Jr., 68, Arvada 4th Ward, Arvada Colorado Stake, called as president of the Denver Colorado Temple, succeeding President Robert K. Bills. President Lewis’s wife, Retta Renae Lewis Lewis, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Susan D. Bills. He serves as a temple ordinance worker and sealer. He has served as stake president, area executive secretary, high councilor, stake director of public affairs, bishop’s counselor, stake Young Men president, and senior missionary. A retired investment banker, he was born in Preston, Idaho, to Robert Moss and Carmen Benson Lewis.

Sister Lewis serves as a Relief Society teacher, ward choir director, and temple ordinance worker. She has served in a ward Relief Society presidency and Young Women presidency and as ward music chairman, ward choir director, seminary teacher, and senior missionary. She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Claude L. and Luella Lewis.

Regina Saskatchewan Temple

Sidney C and Judy O. Paulson

Sidney C Paulson, 72, Holladay 4th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake, called as president of the Regina Saskatchewan Temple, succeeding President E. Gregory Wood. President Paulson’s wife, Judy Margaret Ostvig Paulson, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Jean M. Wood. He serves as a high priests group assistant. He has served as president of the Canada Winnipeg Mission, bishop, high councilor, and ward Young Men president. Retired president/CEO of SelectHealth, he was born in Murray, Utah, to Fred Martell and Theresa Cornum Paulson.

Sister Paulson serves as a Relief Society provident living specialist. She served with her husband as he presided over the Canada Winnipeg Mission. She has also served as a counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Relief Society presidency, ward Young Women president, and ward young single adult adviser. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Martin Cornelius and Mary Broadbent Ostvig.

São Paulo Brazil Temple

Monica L. and Fernando A. Silva

Fernando Antonio Muniz e Silva, 58, Eighteenth North Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake, called as president of the São Paulo Brazil Temple, succeeding President Paulo R. Puerta. President Silva’s wife, Monica Lacerda Muniz e Silva, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Rita C. Puerta. He serves as a counselor in a bishopric. He has served as president of the Brazil Salvador Mission, bishop, branch president, and elders quorum president. An in-field representative for the Missionary Department, he was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Caneades Castro e Silva and Moema Coaracy Muniz.

Sister Silva serves as a ward Relief Society compassionate service leader. She served with her husband as he presided over the Brazil Salvador Mission and has also served as district Primary president and as a counselor in ward Relief Society and Young Women presidencies. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Renato Laceda and María José Rodrigues.

Villahermosa Mexico Temple

Janis B. and Marvin E. Turley

Marvin Edgar Turley, 69, Mountain Vista Ward, Mesa Arizona Skyline Stake, called as president of the Villahermosa Mexico Temple, succeeding President Guillermo E. Garrido Centina. President Turley’s wife, Janis Kay Bentley Turley, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister María Durán de Garrido. He serves as a Sunday School teacher and sealer in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He has served as president of the Argentina Salta Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor, and temple ordinance worker. Former president and CEO of Farnsworth Homes, he was born in Winslow, Arizona, to Edgar Wayne and Mary Pearl Turley.

Sister Turley serves as a Relief Society visiting teaching coordinator. She served with her husband as he presided over the Argentina Salta Mission and has served in a stake Primary presidency and ward Young Women presidency and as temple ordinance worker and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Russell Gordon and Fern Hoopes Bentley.