Meet the Africa Southeast Area Presidency

Our new Area Presidency began serving in August, 2011.

Africa Southeast Area Presidency


President Dale G. Renlund

Elder Dale G. Renlund has been called as President of the Africa Southeast Area.  He assumes the position previously held by Elder Paul Koelliker to whom he served as a counselor from 2009 to 2011.

Elder Renlund was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2009.  A former Area Seventy in the Utah Salt Lake City and Utah North areas, President Renlund has also served as a stake president, high councilor, bishop, ward mission leader, and full-time missionary to the Sweden Stockholm Mission.

He attended the University of Utah where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and a doctorate in medicine then completed a six year residency programme at John Hopkins University.  A cardiologist by profession, Elder Renlund  is an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Utah.  He is married to Ruth Lybbert.  They have one daughter.


Elder Ulisses Soares

 Elder Ulisses Soares is the first counselor to President Renlund in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency.  Elder Soares served as president of the Brazil South Area prior to coming to Africa.

Called to the First Quorum in April, 2005, Elder Soares previously served as President of the Portugal Porto Mission (2000-2003), stake president, regional welfare agent, stake high councilor, bishop’s counselor, elders’ quorum president, and full-time missionary in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission.

Elder Soares received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and later an MBA.  He was an accountant and auditor before becoming a Director of Temporal Affairs in the Church Area Office, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Elder Soares married Rosana Fernandes.  They are the parents of three children, one of whom is with them in Africa.


Elder Carl B. Cook

Elder Carl B. Cook is the second counselor in the Africa Southeast Area- his first Area assignment since being called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April, 2011.

Prior to his call, Elder Cook served as an Area Seventy, president of the New Zealand Auckland Mission, stake president and counsellor, bishop, and full-time missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission.

Elder Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and then an MBA.  His professional career was in real estate development.  Elder Cook is married to Lynnette Hansen.  They are the parents of five children.