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Mission Presidents listed below are in reverse chronological order. If you have additional information, please contact Ted Blaney. Pictures are also appreciated for Presidents without photos. Thank you...

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Ronald A. Stoddard  (2014 to 2017)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
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Lehi Karl Schwartz  (2011 to 2014)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Lehi Karl Schwartz, 59, and Gudrun Bauch Schwartz, four children, Germany Frankfurt Mission; Feucht Ward, Nürnberg Germany Stake. He serves as a missionary in the Germany Berlin Mission and is a patriarch. He is a former counselor in a district presidency, branch president and counselor in a branch presidency. Retired managing director of Radiodiagnostic Business Line, IBA-Group Belgium. Born in Lahm Itzgrund, Germany, to Karol Pfeiffer and Leokadia Grünke Schwartz. Sister Schwartz serves with her husband as a missionary in the Germany Berlin Mission and is a former stake institute director, stake Relief Society president and counselor, ward Relief Society president and counselor, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Husum, Germany, to Walter and Lissi Friedrichsen Bauch.

Kevin John Ninow  (2008 to 2011)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
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.

K. Eugene Webb  (2005 to 2008)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Karl Eugene Webb, 66, Walnut Canyon Ward, Flagstaff Arizona Stake; missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission; former stake mission president, bishop, high councilor and missionary in the Swiss-Austrian Mission. Retired professor of German literature and art history. Born in Lehi, Utah, to Karl Elmo and Josephine Muhlestein Webb. Married Deanna Gerber, four children. A missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission, Sister Webb is a former Sunday School teacher, ward Relief Society teacher, ward Young Women president and ward Relief Society president. Born in Price, Utah, to Clinton Irvin and Ruby Peck Gerber.

John Laurence Manwaring  (2002 to 2005)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
John Laurence Manwaring, 62, Warrenton 1st Ward, Ashburn Virginia Stake ear, nose and throat surgeon high councilor, former bishop and counselor, branch president and institute teacher. Born in Washington, D.C, to Hyrum Laurence and Bernice Jacobs Manwaring. Married Madeline Louise Smith, three children. A stake Relief Society president, she is a former stake missionary, and a gospel doctrine, Primary and Relief Society teacher administrator of a medical practice. She was born in Eureka, Calif., to Charles Foster and Ruby Sophie Cox Smith.

Frank H. Apel  (2001 to 2002)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Frank H. Apel, 59, Freiberg Ward, Dresden Germany Stake high councilor and Sunday School teacher former stake president, stake mission president, mission executive secretary, counselor in district presidency, branch president, and missionary in the Germany Dresden Mission owner of an automobile dealership born in Freiberg, Germany, to Herbert Max and Lucie Margarete Schneider Apel married Helga Skibbe, four children. She is a Sunday School teacher former ward Primary president, Relief Society president and counselor, and Sunday School teacher born in Greifswald, Germany, to Wilhelm and Juliane Kaletta Skibbe.

D. Michael Stewart  (1998 to 2001)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
D. Michael Stewart, 58, Ensign 6th Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake high councilor and stake mission president for University 5th Stake former high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop and full-time missionary in Swiss-Austrian Mission leadership consultant former director of Human Services Department for State of Utah, Salt Lake county commissioner, history professor and real estate developer president National Associations of Counties, U.S. President George Bush appointment to National Advisory Commission on International Relations, director United Nations International Year of the Family received bachelor's and master's degrees in history and political science from University of Utah, doctorate in U.S. Constitutional history and public administration from Wayne State University born in Salt Lake City to Harold and Abbie Sermon Stewart married Betty Lou Sine, seven children. She is stake Primary counselor former Young Women counselor, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, choir director, organist and nursery leader former middle school teacher received bachelor's degree in English and German from University of Utah, studied gifted education at University of Utah and Utah State University born in Salt Lake City to Ira and Dorothea Popp Sine.

Michael Lee Jensen  (1995 to 1998)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Michael L. Jensen, 43, Scripps Ranch Ward, Penasquitos California Stake regional representative former stake president, high councilor, stake Young Men president, stake missionary, bishop, elders quorum president, Young Men president, and missionary in the Germany Munich Mission attorney received bachelor's degree in urban affairs from Princeton University and law degree from BYU born in Sacramento, Calif., to Charles LeRoy and Oleah Mower Jensen married Jean Simmons, six children. She is stake Relief Society president's counselor former stake cultural arts specialist, Relief Society president and counselor, Relief Society teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Cub Scout leader received associate degree from Ricks College, and bachelor's degree in literature and master's degree in American literature from BYU born in Burley, Idaho, to Francis Marion and Kathryn Burton Simmons.

David Alma Burton  (1992 to 1995)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
David A. Burton, 48, Eagle Gate 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake temple sealer, former stake president's counselor, stake executive secretary, high councilor, high priest group instructor, institute director served in Bavarian (Germany) Mission, 1962-1965 senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care, Inc. attended BYU, received medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did post- M.D. work at Harvard Medical School born in Montpelier, Idaho, a son of Alma Pexton and Clea Rich Morgan Burton married Flora Beth Benson four children. She is a temple ordinance worker, former Relief Society teacher, Young Women president, Primary president, stake Primary counselor, coordinator of area dance festival/youth conference in European Mission, 1964-65 attended University of Utah, Berlitz Language School and BYU born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of President Ezra Taft Benson and Flora Smith Amussen Benson.

David B. Wirthlin  (1989 to 1992)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
David B. Wirthlin, 53, Monument Park 17th Ward, Monument Park Utah Stake assigned to the Germany Frankfurt Mission. He served a mission to Austria and received bachelor's degree from University of Utah and did graduate study at University of Minnesota born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Joseph Leopold and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin married Judith Anne Goalen six children. She is Relief Society homemaking leader, former Relief Society stake board member, Relief Society teacher, Primary president and counselor, Mia Maid adviser, and Primary chorister born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Bernard Ivan and Hettie LeRoyce Thomson Goalen.

David B. Wirthlin, (picture shown) 68, was recently called as president of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, succeeding President Richard W. Winder in July 2004. President Wirthlin's wife, Anne Goalen Wirthlin, will serve as temple matron. President Wirthlin, counselor in the presidency of the Salt Lake Temple, is former president of the Provo Missionary Training Center, a mission and stake president, stake president's counselor and bishop. Retired, he is a former administrator of Intermountain Health Care. Sister Wirthlin is a former counselor in the Primary general presidency, Young Women general board member and ward Relief Society and Primary president and served with her husband in the Germany Frankfurt Mission.


Christian Vikari  (1986 to 1989)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
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Victor L. Ludlow  (1983 to 1986)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Dr. Victor L. Ludlow graduated with high honors from BYU and was a Danforth Fellow at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, where he received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Since 1972, he has taught a variety of classes at BYU and in Jerusalem, with an emphasis on the Bible (especially the writings of Isaiah), the Book of Mormon, and Judaism. He is currently a professor of Ancient Scripture and the Coordinator for Near Eastern Studies at BYU. He has also served as chair of the BYU Faculty General Education Council and on the BYU Faculty Advisory Council. Brother Ludlow is currently serving in the Church as a bishop. His other callings have included branch president, high councilor, stake young men's president, counselor in a stake presidency, and president of the Germany Frankfurt Mission (1983-86). He and his wife, V-Ann (Virginia Ann), are the parents of four sons and two daughters, and the grandparents of fifteen children.

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Keith B. McMullin  (1980 to 1983)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Bishop McMullin, 54, leaves 20 years of working with the Welfare Services Department to serve in the Presiding Bishopric. He has also managed several small and family businesses and worked with Ford Motor Company as an investment and performance/cost analyst.
A native of Utah—St. George, Leeds, and Salt Lake City—Bishop McMullin attended the University of Utah and received a degree in banking and financing. His Church callings include both missionary and later mission president in Germany, bishop, stake president, and ward Young Men president. He and his wife, Carolyn Jean Gibbs McMullin, have eight children.

John Lothar Flade  (1977 to 1980)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
President Flade was seen recently in the video, 'Saints At War', however he is not in the book. He is the only German member to appear in the film.

He and Sister Flade live in South Jordan, Utah


Eli Karl Clayson  (1974 to 1977)
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Eli K. Clayson was born in American Fork, Utah on September 28, 1910 and earned a degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He served in the German-Austrian Mission from 1931 to 1934. On June 10, 1939, he married Beulah Memmott in the Salt Lake Temple. He worked for the J.C. Penney Company for 19 years in Provo and Magna, Utah, then Cody and Sheridan, Wyoming. He then moved his family to Orem, Utah, where he owned and operated his own grocery store for 11 years. He then sold real estate until his retirement. He served in the church in branch and stake presidencies, and as president of the Orem North Stake. After his mission he served in the BYU Third Stake presidency, as a Regional Representative to the Germany-Switzerland Area, as a sealer in the Provo Temple, and as a language trainer in the MTC. Pres. Clayson loved gardening. Sis. Clayson was teaching 4th and 5th grade in Tooele when she and Pres. Clayson met. She loves to make chocolates, among many other talents. President and Sister Clayson had four children: Karl, Fred, Karen (Batt) and Stephen. Pres. Clayson passed away on May 14, 2000 in Provo at the age of 89. Sis. Clayson lives with her children.

James C. Ellsworth  (1971 to 1974)
Germany West Mission (1970-1974)
President James C. Ellsworth was born in Safford, Arizona on April 8, 1908, and graduated from High School in Long Beach, Calif-ornia. He served a 30-month mission for the Church in the Swiss-German Mission, from February 1927 to November 1929. He labored in Hamburg, Bremen, Lübeck, and the Ruhr District out of Essen. He attended the University of Utah and the Kansas City Law School. He married Nellie Kathryn Larson on June 7, 1933 and was appointed a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 2, 1935. He worked for the Bureau in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. He went to work for the United California Bank of Los Angeles in September, 1954, and later became Senior Vice President of the Executive Depart-ment for the Bank. He took a leave of absence from the Bank in July, 1971, to be able to fill his call as Mission President of the Germany West Mission, and then took his formal retirement from the Bank in May, 1973.

President Ellsworth has served as Bishop, High Councilman, Counselor to the Stake President, and in 1962 was called and set apart as Stake President of the Pasadena California Stake. He served as Stake President until his departure to Germany in 1971.

Sister Ellsworth celebrates her birthday on April 25 and is the daughter of Lars John Larson and Christina Olson, who had immigrated from Sweden to the United States. She grew up in Long Beach, Cali-fornia and graduated from the Santa Barbara State Teachers College. She has served as teacher, Relief Society President (Ward and Stake) and in the leadership of other auxiliaries.

In the three years that the Ellsworth's presided over the Germany West Mission there were over 600 baptisms performed, two new branches organized, and 12 German members sent out from the Mission to serve full-time missions.

President Ellsworth passed away 13 Jan 1998. Sister Ellsworth passed 16 May 2001.


Winfield Q. Cannon  (1968 to 1971)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
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Cecil Broadbent  (1965 to 1968)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
Cecil Broadbent was born in Provo, Utah to Joseph F. Broadbent and Sereta Passey. After attending BYU for one year he married his high school sweetheart, Edna Irene Johnson. One week later he left for the German Austrian Mission, where he served 1925-1928. He entered the grocery business upon his return, eventually becoming the founder and co-owner of Broadbent's Fine Foods. He was a Bishop of the Helper Ward, a Counselor in the Carbon Stake Presidency, and finally the first North Carbon Stake President, in which office he served for over 20 years. He retired from the grocery business in 1964 and became President of the West German Mission 1 Jul 1965 through 30 Aug 1968. After his mission he was a Counselor in the Salt Lake Mission Home Presidency for 3 years, after which he served as a sealer in the Provo Temple for 18 years. They had 4 children. President Broadbent passed away 28 Aug 1993 at the age of 89. Sister Broadbent passed away in 1995.

Source: August 30, 1993 Deseret News

Wayne F. McIntire  (1962 to 1965)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
President McIntire was born in Price, Utah on September 7, 1911. He served in the Swiss-German Mission from 1931-1934. Since then he has been president of the Eureka branch, Northern California Mission; bishop of Martinez Ward, Berkeley Stake and a member of the high councils of Los Angeles and Reseda stakes. He has also been stake patriarch. He attended Carbon School and Brigham Young University, obtaining his A.B. and M.A. degrees at BYU. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of California where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1947. President Mcintire has been a teacher and administrator in Utah and California schools since 1936. He married Edith Marsh in the Salt Lake Temple on May 24, 1940. They have three daughters.

Royal K. Hunt  (1961 to 1962)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
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Theodore Burton  (1957 to 1960)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
Elder Theodore M. Burton, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was memorialized at funeral services on 27 December 1989. President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the services and read from a First Presidency letter that stated, Elder Burtons courtly manner and his patience endeared him to all who knew him. The burdens of age and illness have been lifted as he has gone on to a great reward. Elder Burton died of a stroke in a Salt Lake City hospital on 22 December 1989. He was eighty-two years old. Born 27 March 1907 in Salt Lake City to Theodore Taylor and Florence Moyle Burton, Theodore Moyle Burton became a professor of organic chemistry at Utah State University in 1943. On 8 October 1960, he was called as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve. In October 1976, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was given emeritus status on 30 September 1989. President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke at the funeral, recalling his friendship with Elder Burton. He called Elder Burton a scientist who knew that you couldn't cheat on nature and a man who blended many qualities. President Howard W. Hunter of the Quorum of the Twelve also spoke, pointing out that Elder Burton's life had been one of service, and that all who knew Elder Burton knew that he loved the Lord. President Hunter called Elder Burton a doer of the word whose life demonstrated more than mere belief, but doing the will of his Father in Heaven. Elder Burton's son, Robert P. Burton, a professor of computer science at Brigham Young University, described his father as a faithful Church member who would have preferred to stay a chemistry professor and a Gospel Doctrine teacher but who had accepted every call with willingness and humility. He called Elder Burton a dedicated family man who absolutely adored my mother. As a youth, Elder Burton became the first Eagle Scout in the Pioneer Stake. From 1927 to 1930, he served a mission in the Swiss-German Mission. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Utah in 1932 and 1934 and worked as an assistant bacteriologist with the Salt Lake Health Department. In 1934, he became technical assistant to the U.S. Treasury Attach in Vienna, Austria. He held the same post in Berlin in 1937-38. Elder Burton began his teaching career in 1941 at Carbon College, then joined the faculty of Utah State University in 1943. He completed a Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1951. In 1957, Elder Burton returned to Europe to preside over the West German Mission. From 1962 to 1964, he served as president of the European Mission. He then served as president of the Genealogical Society of Utah and as managing director of the Church Genealogical Department until April 1978, when he returned to Europe to serve as Area Supervisor for two years. Theodore M. Burton is survived by his wife, Minnie Susan Preece Burton, whom he married in the Salt Lake Temple on 23 February 1933 a son four granddaughters four grandsons and a brother.

Source: March 1990, p.76, Ensign

Kenneth Dyer  (1953 to 1956)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
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Edwin Q. Cannon  (1950 to 1953)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
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Jean Wunderlich  (1947 to 1950)
West German Mission (1938-1970)
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