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Gorge-Area Mormons get new leader


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New Leadership: The Dalles Oregon Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, named Goldendale’s Lynn Bischoff (center), the new stake president. Also serving with him, is Troy Whittle of White Salmon, and John F. Brennan, of Hood River.

At a conference held June 9 and 10, Lynn Bischoff of Goldendale was named as the stake president of The Dalles Oregon Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Troy Whittle of White Salmon and John F. Brennan of Hood River will serve as counselors to Bischoff. As a group, they are known as a stake presidency.

A stake is an administrative unit of the Church composed of numerous congregations (called wards) within a geographic area. The word stake is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is run entirely by a lay ministry, so President Bischoff and his counselors are volunteers who will serve in addition to their normal employment. Bischoff is the business manager at TLC Modular Homes in Goldendale. Whittle is the principal of Columbia High School in White Salmon. Brennan, a retired Hood River Valley High School teacher, is a self-employed builder.

Bischoff, who has been married to his wife Crystal for 17-½ years, has lived in Goldendale for 16 years. He has five children, ranging in age from seven to 16 years.


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