Monett LDS church names new leadership

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Members of the Monett Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints selected Aaron Hoyt, center, to serve as bishop. Benjamin Lesue, left, was named first counselor, and Scott Andelin, right, was named second counselor. Contributed photo

Aaron Hoyt assumes role of bishop for Monett Stake

Members of the Monett Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unanimously sustained Aaron Hoyt as bishop in selecting leadership.

Also named to top positions were Benjamin Lesue as first counselor and Scott Andelin as second counselor. The unit was formerly presided over by Casey Leavitt and his counselors, Shell Claybrook and Randall Weekes.

“I’m excited to serve, and will strive to help others be true followers of Jesus Christ," said Bishop Hoyt. "We have a wonderful ward, filled with so many caring and capable members all striving to love and serve others.”

“I love the members of our ward for their devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I’m humbled by this calling," Lesue said. "I’m excited to work with Aaron and Scott. They’re such great men.”

“Having grown up in Pierce City, I love the people of this community," said Andelin. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside other great people to help serve in the church and community.”

Hoyt, 42, is an airline pilot. He and his wife, Gretchen, live in Monett and they have five children. Lesue, 48, is an educator and captain in the Missouri Army National Guard. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Monett and they are the parents of nine children. Andelin, 36, is a physician and resides in Pierce City with his wife, Valerie. They are the parents of four children.

The Monett Ward includes the communities of Monett, Pierce City, Purdy, Wentworth, and others.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints functions in large measure because of the unpaid volunteer ministry of its members. The lay ministry is one of the most defining characteristics of the church. In thousands of local congregations or “wards” around the world, members voluntarily participate in “callings” or assignments that provide meaningful opportunities to serve one another and others in the community. It is common for Church members to spend 5-10 hours a week serving in their callings. Some callings, such as a bishop, women’s Relief Society president, or stake president may require 15-30 hours per week.