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Pictured, from left: David Dwyer, Benjamin Kay and Johan Klarin.
Pictured, from left: David Dwyer, Benjamin Kay and Johan Klarin.

New area leadership for Lockport ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Tue, Jan 26th 2021 11:15 am

R. Bradley Simpson, the stake president of the Buffalo NY Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has called a new bishopric for the Lockport ward located at 6339 Hamm Road.

The new bishop is Benjamin Kay, from Lockport, a nurse anesthetist for Finger Lakes Health Care. Kay and his wife, Nicky, have four children. David Dwyer, of Gasport, is the 1st counselor. Dwyer is a professor in the theater department at Niagara University. He and his wife, Dana, and five children live in Gasport. Johan Klarin, of East Amherst, is the 2nd counselor to the bishop. He is an upstate program director for Columbia University. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.

Being released as the Lockport bishopric are Bishop Zy Biesinger, Department of Environmental Conservation marine biologist for the Great Lakes; 1st Counselor Wayne Malcomb, Hunt Real Estate mortgage consultant; and 2nd Counselor Ralph Showalter, president of Buffalo Tungsten. Biesinger served with a variety of counselors for over five years. A press release said, “Their considerable efforts have been much appreciated by those whom they have served.”

Nozuma Okuda and Daniel Bartosz will continue to serve as ward executive secretary and ward clerk, respectively. The Lockport ward boundaries stretch from Lyndonville to East Amherst. The Sunday sacrament meetings for the Lockport ward are 10 a.m. Sunday for those over 55, and noon for any others. Access to these meeting may be made via Zoom. All are welcome to these meetings. For more information, call 716-940-6489.

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