|Michael B. Chadwick|
Chadwick replaces Ralph Van Orden. It is customary for the LDS Church to rotate people frequently through leadership positions in order to ensure a larger cadre of trained leaders. A stake president customarily serves anywhere from five to ten years. Called to assist Chadwick as his counselors are 44-year-old Douglas Glen Johnson, managing partner for Johnson & Combs PC, and 56-year-old Robert J. Clayton, chief structural engineer with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. According to his MOA biography, Chadwick joined the Internal Audit Department in 2002. Before coming to Alaska, Chadwick's professional career included five years with the State of Arizona, both in the Auditor General’s Office and the Governor’s Office, and almost four years with the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, Audit Division. Chadwick holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Portuguese, and a Bachelor's Degree in History, all from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) and a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors.
It is unlikely he'll get much use out of his Portuguese up here in Alaska, although we speak more than 90 languages in the community.
Eleven congregations make up the Chugach Stake; a typical stake, comparable to a diocese in the Roman Catholic Church, may have 8-15 congregations. Wards are the larger congregations; branches are smaller. Note that there are some Bush branches included in the stake to foster closer ties between Bush Alaska and urban Alaska. Also note that there are functional congregations as well as geographical congregations. Single members are allowed to attend YSA (singles) wards, and those speaking a primary foreign language are allowed to attend linguistic wards since the Church believes everyone should hear the Gospel in his native language whenever possible. Here's a list of wards constituting the Chugach Stake:
-- Alpenglow Ward
-- Anchorage (YSA) Ward
-- Arctic Valley Ward
-- Beach Lake Ward
-- Bear Mountain Ward
-- Bethel Branch
-- Chugach Foothills Ward
-- Kotzebue Branch
-- Meadow Creek Ward
-- Muldoon (Hmong) Branch
-- Nome Branch
The Meetinghouse Locator permits you to find the location and service times of the congregation nearest you. Other stakes encompassing Anchorage include the Anchorage Alaska North Stake and the Anchorage Alaska Stake.
How is a new Stake President chosen, and what does he do? A stake president is selected by the General Authority assigned by the Quorum of Twelve Apostles to preside at that stake's conference. He typically interviews many Melchizedek Priesthood leaders in the stake and then seeks inspiration from God to determine whom to call. The General Authority calls the stake president and instructs him to nominate two counselors who are interviewed and called. These three men constitute the stake presidency. They serve voluntarily, receiving no financial remuneration from the Church. Counselors to the stake president advise and assist him in his responsibilities and counsel with him in decision making. As with all officers in the Church, members of the stake presidency must be sustained by the vote of the members over whom they preside. Each stake president supervises and is responsible for the progress of the Church in his stake, including all Church activities, callings, ordinances performed, and programs. More specific duties are spelled out in the reference.
A successful tenure as Stake President can eventually lead to a calling to Church-wide service as a General Authority, perhaps even a calling to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.