A local businessman-turned member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Seventy has been named to one of the Church’s top positions. Gary E. Stevenson was announced Saturday as the new Presiding Bishop of the LDS Church. The 56 year-old former co-owner of ICON Health and Fitness company left that position four years ago when he was named to the Quorum of the Seventy. Stevenson also served as a mission president in Japan. Stevenson succeeds longtime presiding Bishop David Burton who was over the recent City Creek development project in downtown Salt Lake City. Stevenson is a graduate of Utah State University and a son of Evan and Jean Stevenson. Evan Stevenson retired several years ago from his post as vice president for business at USU.
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Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, 56, was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as president of the Asia North Area at the time of his call to the Presiding Bishopric. His previous Church service includes full-time missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission, high councilor, bishop, stake president’s counselor, president of the Japan Nagoya Mission and ward Sunday School teacher. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Utah State University. He cofounded Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer until 2008. He was involved in civic activities and served on boards and advisory councils. Bishop Stevenson was raised in Cache Valley, Utah. He is married to Lesa Jean Higley, and they are the parents of four sons.