New leadership at Elizabethtown Stake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently underwent a change in leadership of the Elizabethtown Stake. The new stake presidency includes first counselor Kelly J. Reesor, from left, president James B. Gledhill and second counselor Joel P. Shoaf.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently underwent a change in leadership of its Elizabethtown Stake.

A stake, similar to a diocese, is a group of congregations in a specific area. The Elizabethtown Stake consists of congregations in the central Kentucky communities of Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Brandenburg, Shepherdsville, Leitchfield, Bardstown, Lebanon, Campbellsville, Sulphur Well, Glasgow and Tompkinsville.

According to a news release, these congregations total about 3,200 local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new stake presidency includes James B. Gledhill, president; Kelly J. Reesor, first counselor; and Joel P. Shoaf, second counselor.

Gledhill and his wife, Melanie, are parents of four children and two grandchildren. Gledhill is the chief technology officer for a few different high-tech companies. According to the release, Gledhill primarily works from his home in Center, but interacts daily with people all over the world using internet technologies.

Gledhill has served as the leader of the local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sulphur Wells area for the past 12 years.

“We are striving to be true followers of Jesus Christ and live by His teachings,” Gledhill said in the release. “We desire to help others as the Savior would.”

Kelly Reesor, who had served as first counselor in the previous stake presidency, and his wife, Tammy, reside in Bardstown and have children and 10 grandchildren. Reesor is the manufacturing manager at LSC Communications and previously served in several leadership positions in the church.

“It is an honor to serve the members of our church in central Kentucky and we look forward to joining others, who share our Christian faith, in spreading a message of hope, healing and love,” he said in the release. “This is such a beautiful message from the New Testament and one we hope many more of God’s children in this wonderful area will embrace and share.”

Joel Shoaf and his wife, Crystal, are residents of Elizabethtown and are parents of six children and 15 grandchildren. Shoaf has served in many church leadership positions over the years, most recently as the bishop of the Elizabethtown Ward. Shoaf works at Fischbach USA and is the supply chain director.

“My hope is to lift and strengthen others in our communities and to help all feel the Savior’s love, understand their divine nature, that we are His sons and daughters here upon the earth and that He loves and cares for everyone,” Shoaf said in the release.

According to the release, the positions of leadership are voluntary.

Visitors are welcome at any Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints house of worship. The Elizabethtown chapel is at 2950 Shepherdsville Road and worship services begin at 9 a.m. and noon every Sunday.