NORMAN — New leadership has been assigned for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations in Norman and surrounding areas.
Shad Satterthwaite, Lyle Nelson and Gabe Nabors are volunteering to serve in the stake presidency after being interviewed by Church general authorities Robert C. Rhien and Craig A. Cardon.
The stake, a grouping of several congregations called wards in a given geographical area, covers the cities of Norman, Noble, Blanchard, Ada, Ardmore, Chickasha, Pauls Valley and Seminole.
Satterthwaite is serving as the stake president with Nelson, a Blanchard resident, as his first counselor and Nabors, a Norman resident, as his second counselor. The stake presidency members are lay ministers, overseeing programs, and are responsible in helping members in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. A stake president typically serves for about nine years.
Satterthwaite, a Norman resident, works full time as a political science professor and equal opportunities officer at the University of Oklahoma. He also is a lieutenant colonel in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Previously, Satterthwaite taught seminary (early morning Bible class) to Norman youth and as a service member leader while deployed in Afghanistan. He also served a two-year proselyting mission from 1985 to 1987 in the Belgium Brussels Mission.
Satterthwaite and his wife, Valerie, have two sons and a daughter and son-in-law.
For Satterthwaite, serving in the Church is no sacrifice and is something that brings him joy.
“I hope that through my service, others can feel God’s love for them,” he said.
Nelson, a Blanchard resident, is retired after working 28 years for Bridgestone/
Firestone. The Army veteran fills his days by working at Havenbrook Funeral Home as an ambassador.
Previously, Nelson volunteered as a bishop, head lay minister of a ward, for more than 17 years.
He also served a two-year proselyting mission in the Northern States Mission from 1968 to 1970. Nelson and his wife, Gale, have four children and 11 grandchildren.