Membership Growth Leads to Division of LDS Church Units

Contributed content: Menifee Stake Presidency, from left: First Counselor Todd A. Elkins, Presi...

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Menifee Stake Presidency, from left: First Counselor Todd A. Elkins, President Michael L. Gray, Second Counselor Gerald B. Wilcox.
Growth in membership of the Menifee Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over an 18-year period has led to its division today.

Under the direction of visiting General Church Authorities, existing boundaries were altered, new leadership installed and a new unit, the Lake Elsinore Stake, was created.

Stakes and wards are geographical divisions, with leadership residing in the respective areas. Within the newly reorganized Menifee Stake are the eight congregations spanning the cities of Menifee and Perris. Thus, with two members of the established Stake Presidency living outside those boundaries, new leaders were installed.

Taking over in the Menifee Stake is President Michael L. Gray, 43, a high school administrator formerly from Arizona. His first counselor is Todd A. Elkins, 52, a small business owner retained from the former presidency, while the second counselor is Gerald B. Wilcox, 43, vice president of an electronics firm.

Robert J. Wilson III was released as President of the Menifee Stake and then installed as President of the new Lake Elsinore Stake. Assisting him in his responsibility is first counselor Rocky F. Snider, 60, a project manager also formerly serving in the Menifee Stake presidency. Curtis Drake, 48, a truckload broker, is the second counselor.

The Lake Elsinore Stake consists of seven congregations and incorporates the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Wildomar.

Lake Elsinore Stake Presidency, from left: First Counselor Rocky F. Snider, President Robert J. Wilson, Second Counselor Curtis Drake.