Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leadership reorganized

MILL HALL — The Williamsport Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change in leadership this last month, with a new president and counselors now in place.

Michael M. Clark is the new president of the local stake, which is comprised of seven church congregations in the north central Pennsylvania area. Curtis M. Nicholls was named first counselor and Matthew C. Nelson as second counselor.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to serve members of the church in the greater Williamsport area. We also have a desire to develop meaningful and cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations in the community who seek to relieve suffering and preserve religious liberty,” said President Clark.

These leadership assignments were extended after the honorable release of former president Robert Snowden and his counselors. The releases came due to a job transfer for Snowden. The three men are recognized and thanked for their service.

The Williamsport Stake is now guided by Clark, who works as a chemical engineer for Corning Incorporated. He and his wife Wendi Clark reside in Wellsboro and raise four children. In his free time, President Clark enjoys hobbies such as gardening and astronomy.

Nicholls, an associate professor at Bucknell University, lives in Lewisburg with his wife Cammie Nicholls and their children. Nelson, a pediatrician, and his wife Rebecca Nelson raise four children in Danville.

The church operates a lay ministry, and all local members serve without pay. The stake president is a man asked to serve as a volunteer in this position to oversee church programs in a defined geographic area called a stake. He is responsible to help the members of his stake in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. He is assisted in this responsibility by two counselors and other stake leaders. A stake president typically serves for about nine years.

Church services are held every Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at 8 Noll Drive in Mill Hall.