Naperville Man Ready to Take Reins of Area's Mormon Stake

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Byline: Nancy Luebke Daily Herald Correspondent

Randall Peterson of Naperville was called to be the new president of the Naperville stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is joined in leadership by Gary Lippincott of Sugar Grove as his first counselor and Bruce Duffield of Naperville as his second counselor.

Peterson will be overseeing nine wards, or congregations, comprising most of DuPage and Kane counties. Each ward is presided over by a bishop and has its own programs. Peterson's office, the stake, provides support for all of these wards.

"There are good leaders in each ward. We have a really good set of wards, which is comforting to me. I'm grateful for all the good will that's out there," Peterson said.

Typically a president serves 10 years, and Peterson, who has been a member of the Naperville stake since 1977, is looking forward to working more closely with church leaders and members.

Peterson was called to the stake presidency during a special conference April 23 attended by 1,400 church members. He is taking over the position from James Jorgensen, who was released due to health concerns.

"We have had wonderful leadership with Jim Jorgensen and I want to build on the leadership provided. I want to keep and preserve the good things that have been in place for the last several years," said Peterson.

The Mormon church is run by a lay ministry, where everyone volunteers their time. …