Two Louisiana men were called to serve in the newly reorganized stake presidency of the Denham Springs Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Reed Mackay, of Zachary, was called again as first counselor and Mark E. Rotolo, of Central, was called as second counselor, according to a news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will serve with Christopher W. Hollis, of Liberty, Mississippi,who was called as the stake president Jan. 11.
Elder Paul V. Johnson, member of The First Quorum of The Seventy headquartered in Salt Lake City, presided at the conference, and Elder R. Randall Bluth, of area seventy and a resident of Baton Rouge, assisted.
Hollis, Mackay and Rotolo will lead the geographical grouping of 10 congregations in Livingston, Tangipahoa and East Baton Rouge parishes as well as Liberty and McComb, Mississippi, that counts more than 3,600 Mormon members within its boundaries, the release said. The LDS Church has an internationally recognized lay ministry whose members receive no financial compensation for their service. Most stake presidencies serve eight to 10 years while retaining their professional jobs, the release said.
Hollis is a commercial banker with Trustmark National Bank in McComb, Mississippi, and a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Mackay is a project manager, and Rotolo is a mechanical engineer. Each man brings a variety of skills to his position from seasoned church leadership and charitable service, and although professional and educational skills are valued, they are not criteria for leadership, the release said.
“We are humbled to serve our fellow church members, our neighbors and our communities as we teach the messages of Jesus Christ. It is our privilege to witness that he is our savior,” Hollis said, “and we look forward to the joy of making that our mission in our time as a presidency.”
Both Rotolo and Hollis served as bishops of their respective local congregations prior to accepting the new positions.