A new Sunday School general presidency was announced and sustained in the Saturday afternoon session of general conference.
The First Presidency announced that Elder Hugh W. Pinnock will serve as Sunday School president, with Elder Derek A. Cuthbert and Elder Ted E. Brewerton as counselors. All are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.Elder Pinnock succeeds Elder Robert L. Simpson, who was given emeritus status at the conference session. Elder Devere Harris, who had been serving as first counselor, was also released and named an emeritus General Authority. Elder Derek A. Cuthbert, second counselor to Elder Simpson, was named first counselor to Elder Pinnock.
Elder Pinnock, 55, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for 12 years, served as Sunday School general president for nearly seven years from 1979-1986. Since that time, he has been in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and also has served as executive director of the Curriculum Department and editor of Church magazines. Effective Oct. 1, he became president of the North America Northeast Area. Before being called as a General Authority in 1977, he was an insurance executive and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission.
Elder Cuthbert, 63, was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1978. He will continue serving as second counselor in the North America West Area presidency. Prior to serving as a General Authority, he was employed in financial and commercial management, and had been president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission.
Elder Brewerton, 64, has been in the First Quorum of the Seventy for 11 years. He will continue serving as first counselor in the North America West presidency. He lived in South America for several years, serving in area presidencies. He owned and operated a pharmacy in Canada, and had served as president of the Central American Mission.