Seven new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service about July 1.
Jerry Reid Boggess, 64, Nigeria Enugu Mission; Boca Raton Ward, Pompano Beach Florida Stake; Area Welfare Specialist in the Africa West Area; former counselor in the Romania Bucharest Mission presidency, stake president and counselor and bishop. Retired president International Fire and Security Company. Born in Murray, Utah, to Reid Leon and Clara Amelia Thomson Boggess. Married Portia Stevens, three children.
Serving with her husband in the Africa West Area, Sister Boggess is a former missionary in the Romania Bucharest Mission, ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president, counselor in a stake Primary presidency and seminary teacher. Born in Fillmore, Utah, to Arnold Yardley and Claris Anna Mortenson Stevens.
H. Kent Bowen, 66, Washington Tacoma Mission; Belmont 1st Ward, Cambridge Massachusetts Stake; stake president; former sealer, bishop and counselor, high councilor, co-chair of open house and dedication committee for the Boston Massachusetts Temple and missionary in the Central German Mission. Professor, Harvard University. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Elmer Joseph and Sara Darley Bowen. Married Kathleen Jones, five children.
Sister Bowen is a former stake Relief Society president and counselor, stake Young Women president and camp director, ward Relief Society and Young Women president and ward Primary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Harvey William and Helen H Reid Jones.
Luis Gerardo Chaverri, 59, Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission; Guapiles Ward, San Jose Costa Rica Los Yoses Stake; Area Seventy; former stake and district president, counselor in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission presidency and branch president. Accountant and auditor. Born in Guapiles, Limon, Costa Rica, to Claudio Chaverri Picado and Maria Cristina Madrigal Chaverri. Married Julieta Los Angeles Leon Vargas, three children.
A counselor in the stake Relief Society presidency, Sister Chaverri is a former ward Relief Society president, seminary teacher, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and ward Relief Society teacher. Born in Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica, to Julio Leon Vilchez and Erolida Vargas Calderon Leon.
Kevin John Ninow, 44, Germany Frankfurt Mission; Woodlands 1st Ward, Houston Texas North Stake; seminary teacher; former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, high priest group leader, stake mission president and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. Divisional president, Huntsman Corp. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Frederick George and Norma Leonette Muir Ninow. Married Lisa Broadbent, five children.
A stake Young Women president, Sister Ninow is a former ward Young Women president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and visiting teaching coordinator. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Thomas Ray and Edith Norwood Stovall Broadbent.
Brian Loyal Pfile, 56, Colorado Colorado Springs Mission; Belt Branch, Great Falls Montana East Stake; branch president; former stake president and counselor, bishop, high councilor, high priest group leader and stake mission president. Sales representative and manager, Chemsearch. Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Donald Miles and Joann Frances Awve Pfile. Married Sylda Rae Eitel, eight children.
A youth Sunday School teacher, Sister Pfile is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency and ward pianist. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Butler Ray and Priscilla Jean Gilbertson Eitel.
Melvyn Kemp Reeves, 56, California Riverside Mission; Mueller Park 10th Ward, Bountiful Utah Mueller Park Stake; ward mission leader; former stake president, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Bolivia Mission. Benefit consultant/Life Sales; Enhanced Benefits Insurance Group, Inc. Born in Burbank, Calif., to Wayne Adelbert and Madge Kemp Reeves. Married Linda Sheffield, 13 children.
A ward Young Women president, Sister Reeves is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women adviser, Primary chorister and Sunday School teacher. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Elbert Jolley and Barbara Pauline Welsch Sheffield.
John Arthur Gonzalez, 54, California Fresno Mission; Centreville 1st Ward, Centreville Virginia Stake; counselor in the Washington DC South Mission presidency; former bishop and counselor, stake Young Men president, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Mexico Veracruz Mission. Consultant. Born in El Paso, Texas, to Andres Carlos Gonzalez Jr. and Shirley Mae Landgren Gonzalez. Married Karlena Bond, four children.
A counselor in the ward Relief Society presidency, Sister Gonzalez is a former counselor in stake Young Women presidencies, counselor in ward Relief Society presidencies, ward Young Women adviser, seminary teacher and missionary in the Peru Lima South/Peru Arequipa Mission. Born in Farmington, N.M. to William Dale and Adelaide Call Bond.