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Europe Central Area Presidency of the Church reorganized

Elder Jack N. Gerard is the new second counselor in the Area Presidency

Elder Jack N. Gerard has joined the Europe Central Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He will serve as second counselor to Elder Massimo De Feo, who is currently serving as president of the Church’s Europe Central Area since 2021. Elder Ruben V. Alliaud, formerly second counselor in the presidency, will now serve as first counselor.  Elder Gerard replaces former first counselor Elder Erich W. Kopischke, who has been reassigned to Church headquarters.

The new Europe Area Presidency, effective August 1, 2023. From left to right, Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, First Counselor, Elder Massimo De Feo, President, and Elder Jack N. Gerard, Second Counselor.© 2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

President De Feo said, “We want to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all of God’s children. We want to invite all His children here in Europe to discover the joy the gospel brings. We are delighted to have Elder Gerard serving in this part of the world. His diplomatic skills, business experience and most recent service as Executive Director of the Church’s Communication Department will help us achieve those objectives.”  

Elder Jack N. Gerard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctor degree.  He worked as president and CEO for several entities. He worked in the United States Senate and House of Representatives and served on multiple civic organization boards.  He was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2018, at age 60.

Elder Gerard was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on December 15, 1957. He married Claudette Neff in 1984. They are the parents of eight children.

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