2019 Mission Presidents Called to Mongolia, Nigeria, Honduras, and More

  • 28 January 2019

The First Presidency has called 164 new mission presidents and companions who will begin service in July 2019.  Image by Aaron Thorup, Deseret News.

The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2019. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2019 on news.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Find other published biographies.

Emmanuel Rodantes and Anabelle Abraham

Philippines Legazpi Mission

Emmanuel Rodantes Gerdan Abraham, 53, and Anabelle Domingo Agustin Abraham, three children, San Jose 2nd Ward, San Jose Nueva Ecija Philippines Stake: Philippines Legazpi Mission, succeeding President Dale K. Kotter and Sister Lori Jan Kotter. 

Brother Abraham is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Philippines Davao and Micronesia Guam Missions. He was born in Lucena City, Quezon Province, Philippines, to Emerson Bedoya Abraham and Pacita Ablan Gerdan Abraham.

Sister Abraham is a Relief Society teacher and a former ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, and seminary teacher. She was born in San Jose City Nueva Ecija, Philippines, to Mariano Cruz Agustin Jr. and Aurora Reyes Domingo Agustin.

Aley K. and Danelle L. Y. Auna

Washington Everett Mission

Aley K. Auna Jr., 64, and Danelle L. Y. Auna, six children, Kona 2nd Ward, Kona Hawaii Stake: Washington Everett Mission, succeeding President Michael S. Wilding and Sister LeAnn F. Wilding. 

Brother Auna is an Area Seventy and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Taiwan Taipei Mission. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, to Aley Kahaawi Auna and Faye Portia Kekauluohi Morse Auna.

Sister Auna is a ward Primary presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker and a former stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society and Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, seminary teacher, Primary teacher, and missionary in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii, to Leo Calabio and Florence Kaleilani’onamoku Calabio.

T. Trevor and Jamie L. Bell

Missouri St. Louis Mission

T. Trevor Bell, 45, and Jamie L. Bell, five children, Wilson 4th Ward, Ogden Utah West Stake: Missouri St. Louis Mission, succeeding President Michael J. Bateman and Sister Cheryl M. Bateman. 

Brother Bell is an executive secretary for the Utah Ogden Mission and a former stake president, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum presidency counselor, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the England Birmingham Mission. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Ted Wayne Bell and Robyn Sue Bell.

Sister Bell is a Relief Society compassionate service coordinator and a former Young Women adviser and Primary teacher. She was born in Nampa, Idaho, to Paul Sigmund Olson and Susan Olson.

Jeffery G. and Kristi Ann Chapman

Texas Fort Worth Mission

Jeffery G. Chapman, 55, and Kristi Ann Chapman, five children, Salem 2nd Ward, Rexburg Idaho Henry’s Fork Stake: Texas Fort Worth Mission, succeeding President Darrell G. Whitney and Sister Sally A. Whitney. 

Brother Chapman is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake presidency counselor, stake Sunday School president, bishop, Primary teacher, and missionary in the West Virginia Charleston Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Terrance Oliver Chapman and Linda Burnham Chapman.

Sister Chapman is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society secretary, ward Relief Society and Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and missionary in the West Virginia Charleston Mission. She was born in Salt Lake City to Edward Fraughton and Ann Stevenson.

D. Greg and Kimberly Droubay

Virginia Richmond Mission

D. Greg Droubay, 49, and Kimberly Droubay, three children, Spring Creek 2nd Ward, Springville Utah Spring Creek South Stake: Virginia Richmond Mission, succeeding President Corey B. Smith and Sister Cynthia S. Smith. 

Brother Droubay is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men and elders quorum president, and missionary in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Wendell Paul Droubay and Kathleen Nielson Droubay.

Sister Droubay is a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, and ward Young Women camp director. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Russell Kay Port and Glenda Floy Palmer Port.

Chimka and A. David Hansen

Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission

A. David Hansen, 41, and Chimka Chimeddulam Hansen, four children, Alpine Cove Ward, Alpine Utah North Stake: Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission, succeeding President Jeffrey C. Harper and Sister Kim E. Harper. 

Brother Hansen is a bishopric counselor and a former stake clerk, elders quorum president, Young Men adviser, and missionary in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission. He was born in American Fork, Utah, to John LeRoy Hansen and Sandra Jane Saari.

Sister Hansen is a ward Primary secretary and a former ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women secretary, ward Relief Society teacher, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission. She was born in Batsumber, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, and raised in Altanbulag, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, to A. Dashzeveg and B. Nansalmaa.

Paul M. and Sue Harman

Brazil Santos Mission

Paul M. Harman, 62, and Sue Harman, three children, Toll Canyon Ward, Park City Utah Stake: Brazil Santos Mission, succeeding President Carlos S. Obata and Sister Janete Obata. 

Brother Harman is a high councilor and a former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, bishop, branch president, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Bobby Merrill Harman and Twila Doone Ivie Harman.

Sister Harman is a ward Primary teacher and a former stake Young Women presidency counselor and ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president. She was born in Schenectady, New York, to Boyd Clark Brinton and Lota Ve Brinton.

Shirley A. and Brad W. Kirk

Philippines Naga Mission

Brad W. Kirk, 60, and Shirley A. Kirk, three children, Dakota Ward, Fresno California East Stake: Philippines Naga Mission, succeeding President Tomasito S. Zapanta and Sister Marivic M. Zapanta. 

Brother Kirk is a ward mission leader and a former stake executive secretary, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, ward clerk, and missionary in the Philippines Manila Mission. He was born in Houston, Texas, to Lyle William Kirk and Marjorie Ann Morf Kirk.

Sister Kirk is a ward Relief Society secretary and a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, Young Women adviser, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and seminary teacher. She was born in Ridgecrest, California, to Lloyd Pittmon and Jo Marie Durell Pittmon.

Eduardo R. and Ana Maria Mora

Honduras San Pedro Sula East Mission

Eduardo R. Mora Villalobos, 46, and Ana Maria Segura de Mora, three children, Gravilias Ward, San Jose Costa Rica La Paz Stake: Honduras San Pedro Sula East Mission, succeeding President Rex T. Carlisle Jr. and Sister Susan Carlisle. 

Brother Mora is a stake president and a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, seminary teacher, and missionary in the El Salvador San Salvador Mission. He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, to Eduardo Mora González and Froilana Villalobos Méndez.

Sister Mora is an institute teacher and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and seminary teacher. She was born in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica, to Marjorie Segura Navarro.

Bradly and Christy Oldroyd

Philippines Baguio Mission

Bradly A Oldroyd, 60, and Christy Oldroyd, five children, Oakridge Ward, Farmington Utah Oakridge Stake: Philippines Baguio Mission, succeeding President Dominic B. Bangal and Sister Edeline P. Bangal. 

Brother Oldroyd serves in the BYU China Teachers Program and is a former stake presidency counselor, ward Young Men president, bishop, high councilor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and missionary in the California Arcadia Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Ferris A. Oldroyd and Donna Vy Robison Oldroyd.

Sister Oldroyd serves in the BYU China Teachers Program and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor; ward Relief Society and Young Women president; ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary presidency counselor; Young Women adviser; and activity days leader. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Sterling John Jardine and Annette Lott Jardine.

Daniel M. and Suzana C. G. Piros

Brazil Goiânia Mission

Daniel M. Piros, 46, and Suzana C. G. Piros, four children, Bosque Ward, São Paulo Brazil South Stake: Brazil Goiânia Mission, succeeding President Francisco Bührer and Sister Sandra Bührer. 

Brother Piros is a stake president and a former stake executive secretary, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Brazil Manaus Mission. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to Romeo Antonio Piros and Ilza Maria Alves Piros.

Sister Piros is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake public affairs director; ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; young single adult adviser; and ward missionary. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to João Generoso Filho and Ilca Reis Generoso.

Weldon and Kathryn Reeves

California Newport Beach Mission

Weldon J. Reeves, 55, and Kathryn N. Reeves, four children, Clear Lake 1st Ward, League City Texas Stake: California Newport Beach Mission, succeeding President Glen B. Thomas and Sister Kim W. Thomas. 

Brother Reeves is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, ward Young Men president and counselor, seminary teacher, bishop, and missionary in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Mission. He was born in Redwood City, California, to Donald Lawrence Reeves and Lucinda Payne Reeves.

Sister Reeves is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, institute instructor, seminary teacher, stake music chairman, and Relief Society teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Talmage Whiting Nielsen and Dorothy Levie Nielsen.

Jonathan G. and Sharon Jannelli Sandberg

California Bakersfield Mission

Jonathan G. Sandberg, 48, and Sharon Jannelli Sandberg, four children, Lindon 1st Ward, Lindon Central Utah Stake: California Bakersfield Mission, succeeding President Tim W. Layton and Sister Nancy S. Layton. 

Brother Sandberg is a stake Young Men president and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake executive secretary, ward Young Men president, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Chile Antofagasta Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Gilbert Ivar Sandberg and Michelle Hatch.

Sister Sandberg is a ward Young Women secretary and a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Primary president, and ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Summit, New Jersey, to Michael Marcello Jannelli and Elaine Armstrong.

Ntiedo Moses and Gladys Emmmanuel Silas

Nigeria Owerri Mission

Ntiedo Moses Silas, 40, and Gladys Emmanuel Silas, two children, Ediba Ward, Calabar Nigeria Stake: Nigeria Owerri Mission, succeeding President Solomon I. Aliche and Sister Victoria Aliche. 

Brother Silas is a bishop and a former mission presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, high councilor, district president, district presidency counselor, and missionary in the Nigeria Lagos Mission. He was born in Akamkpa, Cross River State, Nigeria, to Moses Silas Nkan and Ikwo Philip Mkpat.

Sister Silas is a ward Primary and seminary teacher and a former stake Primary president; ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, to Okon Emmanuel Anwakang and Euginia Egama Otie.

Scott M. and Marcia A. Stanford

Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission

Scott M. Stanford, 59, and Marcia A. Stanford, four children, Northridge 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Northridge Stake: Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission, succeeding President Luis Rodríguez Serrano and Sister María Consuelo Abellan de Rodríguez. 

Brother Stanford is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake presidency counselor, stake mission president, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Chile Viña del Mar Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Ralph Chadwick Stanford and Shirley Yvonne Firth Stanford.

Sister Stanford is a Sunday School teacher and a former stake music chairman, ward Relief Society president, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Bountiful, Utah, to LeGrande Allen and Marva Genevieve Stevens Allen.

Robert B. and Joni N. Walker

Hawaii Honolulu Mission

Robert B. Walker, 55, and Joni N. Walker, four children, Mueller Park 10th Ward, Bountiful Utah Mueller Park Stake: Hawaii Honolulu Mission, succeeding President James H. Bekker and Sister Delsie A. Bekker. 

Brother Walker is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Switzerland Geneva Mission. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Robert Harris Walker and Barbara Amussen Benson Walker.

Sister Walker is a Primary music leader and a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, ward Relief Society secretary, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Lewis Vernal Nord and Jo Ann Marie Thayne Nord.