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Africa West Area Leaders

Africa West Area Leaders

AREA PRESIDENCY

Terence M. Vinson, President

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Elder Terence M. Vinson was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 2013. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Pacific Area. He is currently serving as President of the Africa West Area.

In 1974, Elder Vinson received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Sydney University and an education and teaching diploma from Sydney Teachers College. He was also awarded a master’s degree in applied finance in 1996 from Macquarie University. His career has involved teaching math as well as training and lecturing at universities. His main occupation for the final 23 years of his working career was as a financial adviser and funds manager. He retired in 2011 as joint CEO and chairman of a business he had begun called Northhaven Wealth Management. He continued to consult for that firm until he was called as a General Authority.

Since joining the Church in 1974, Elder Vinson has served in numerous callings, including counselor in a bishopric, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, regional representative, counselor in a mission presidency, temple ordinance worker, and Area Seventy.

Terence Michael Vinson was born in Sydney, Australia, on March 12, 1951. He married Kay Anne Carden in May 1974. They are the parents of six children.


Marcus B. Nash, First Counselor

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Elder Marcus B. Nash was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2006. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Northwest Area. He has served as President of the South America West and South America Northwest Areas and as assistant in the North America Northeast and North America Southeast Areas. He has also served as an Assistant Executive Director in the Church History and Correlation Departments, Executive Director of the Correlation Department, and as a member of the Boundary and Leadership Change Committee. He is currently serving as a member of the Africa West Area Presidency.

Elder Nash graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and earned a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He was a partner in a major Seattle law firm at the time of his call as a Seventy.

Elder Nash has served in many Church callings, including full-time missionary in the El Salvador San Salvador Mission, stake president, bishop, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, and Gospel Doctrine teacher.


Elder Larry S. Kacher, Second Counselor

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Elder Larry S. Kacher was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2014. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy in the Middle East/Africa North Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Europe East Area Presidency.

Elder Kacher received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in 1976. In 1978 he received a master’s degree in organizational behavior, also from Brigham Young University. In 1978 he began his career with Honeywell and later became their European director of human resource development, based in Brussels, Belgium. During the majority of his career, Elder Kacher consulted with large international companies in the areas of strategy, organization design, and leadership development. Prior to his call to the Seventy, he was working and consulting for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, based in the United Arab Emirates.

Elder Kacher has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in French Polynesia, branch president in Belgium, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, president of the Geneva Switzerland Mission (2000–2003), and Area Seventy.

Larry Stephen Kacher was born in Mankato, Minnesota, on February 12, 1952. He married Pauline Miller in October 1976. They are the parents of six children.


AREA SEVENTY

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