Elder Vinson received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Sydney University with an education and teaching diploma from Sydney Teachers College. He also received a financial planning diploma from Deakin University and a master’s degree in applied finance from Macquarie University. During his career, he was a well-known math professor, lecturer, financial advisor, and directed a financial planning and investment firm.
Elder Vinson was born in Sydney, Australia and is married to Kay Anne Carden. They are the parents of six children and reside in Sydney, Australia.
Also announced today were the callings of 59 new Area Seventies. Area Seventies give part-time voluntary Church service within their assigned geographic areas and support area presidencies in international areas. Called as Area Seventies:
Ruben Acosta, 43, Orange, California; Frederick O. Akinbo, 44, Benin City, Nigeria; Omar A. Alvarez, 59, Valencia, Venezuela; Benedito S. Antunes, 57, Salto, Brazil; Alan C. Batt, 60, Rigby, Idaho; Grant C. Bennett, 58, Belmont, Massachusetts; Fernando E. Calderón, 54, San Rafael, Ecuador; Wilson B. Calderón, 53, Cusco, Peru; H. Marcelo Cardus, 47, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Yoke Sang Freddie Chan, 57, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Christopher Charles, 62, East Grinstead, United Kingdom; Valeri V. Cordón, 44, San Jose, Costa Rica; Paul R. Coward, 58, Auckland, New Zealand; M.T. Ben Davis, 59, Takoradi, Ghana; Marion B. De Antuñano, 44, Santa Anita, D.F., México; Massimo De Feo, 52, Guidonia, Italy; Robert A. Dryden, 66, Leeds, United Kingdom; Robert J. Dudfield, 45, Victoria, Australia; Daniel F. Dunnigan, 55, Canton, Michigan; Jeffrey D. Erekson, 50, Boise, Idaho; E. Xavier Espinoza, 47, Quito, Ecuador; Meliula M. Fata, 63, Apia, Samoa; Sam M. Galvez, 45, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Claude R. Gamiette, 45, Petit Bourg, Guadeloupe (FR); Mervyn C. Giddey, 58, Cape Town, South Africa; João Roberto Grahl, 61, Nova Odessa, Brazil; David P. Homer, 51, Toronto, Canada; Daniel W. Jones, 61, The Woodlands, Texas; John A. Koranteng, 50, Accra, Ghana; Steven O. Laing, 62, Brigham City, Utah; Axel H. Leimer, 50, Frankfurt, Germany; Gustavo Lopez, 51, Puebla, México; José E. Maravilla, 46, Retalhuleu, Guatemala; Alfredo Miron, 61, México City, México; Hugo Montoya, 53, Hermosillo, México; Joaquim J. Moreira, 47, Seixal, Portugal; Katsuyuki Otahara, 64, Sapporo, Japan; José C. Pineda, 60, Querétaro, México; Gary S. Price, 53, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Miguel A. Reyes, 51, México City, México; Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza, 51, Logroño, Spain; Gary B. Sabin, 58, Poway, California; Alfredo Luis Salas, 53, Cordoba, Argentina; Netzahualcoyotl Salinas, 48, Lomas de Tecamachalco, México; Ciro Schmeil, 41, São Paulo, Brazil; D. Zackary Smith, 58, Visalia, California; Michael L. Southward, 63, Cleveland, Oklahoma; G. Lawrence Spackman, 61, Calgary, Canada; Vern P. Stanfill, 55, Kalispell, Montana; William H. Stoddard, 66, Las Vegas, Nevada; Stephen E. Thompson, 59, Naples, Florida; George J. Tobias, 55, Quezon City, Philippines; 'Aisake K. Tukuafu, 57, Nuku'alofa, Tonga; Jacques A. Van Reenen, 44, Atlasville, South Africa; Raul E. Vicencio, 54, San Juan City, Philippines; Raul S. Villanueva, 45, Quezon City, Philippines; Alan R. Walker, 42, México City, México; Keith P. Walker, 54, Kingscliff, NSW, Australia; and Hoi Seng Leonard Woo, 57, Singapore, Singapore.
Releases to be effective on 1 May 2013 were announced for the following 52 Area Seventies:
Rubén V. Alliaud, Sergio M. Anaya, Nolan D. Archibald, Carlos L. Astorga, Hector Avila, M. Anthony Burns, David Cabrera, Milton Camargo, Robert E. Chambers, Victor Kah Keng Chen, Kuo Chiang Chung, Nelson D. Córdova, Gary L. Crittenden, Edward Dube, Matthew J. Eyring, Sione M. Fineanganofo, Alfredo L. Gessati, James B. Gibson, Jovencio A. Guanzon, Mario E. Guerra, Luis S. Hernandez, Hernan I. Herrera, Javier Ibañez, Paulo H. Itinose, Douglas W. Jessop, Stephen C. Kerr, Joni L. Koch, Faustino López, Richard K. Melchin, Freebody A. Mensah, Benson E. Misalucha, Abelardo Morales, W. T. David Murray, K. Brett Nattress, S. Gifford Nielsen, Satoshi Nishihara, Michael D. Pickerd, William F. Reynolds, Michael A. Roberts, Fernando A. R. Da Rocha, Manfred Schütze, Terrence C. Smith, Rubén L. Spitale, Joshua Subandriyo, Frank V. Trythall, Miguel R. Valdez, Arnulfo Valenzuela, Carlos A. C. Villanova, Terence M. Vinson, Louis Weidmann, Richard C. Zambrano.
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