Genesis Leadership

The Current Genesis Presidency was set apart by President Merill J. Bateman of the First Quorum of the Seventy on August 3, 2003.

President: Don Harwell is from Los Angeles, California, and attended California State University at Los Angeles. He was baptized in 1983 in the Salt Lake City Ensign Stake. He also serves in the Stake Extraction Unit of the Midvale Utah Union Fort Stake. He works for an electronics company as the vice-president of sales and is the director of the Salt Lake County Citizens Review Board for Adult Probation and Parole. His wife, Jerri A. (Hale) Harwell, is from Detroit, Michigan. They have been married for twenty-one years and have six children.

First Counselor: Orin Howell was born in Warrington, United Kingdom, and was baptized in 1996 in Bosnia (currently Bosnia-Herzegovina) while serving as the commander of a U.S. Army unit. He currently serves as the Gospel Doctrine Instructor ┬áin his home ward. Brother Howell is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and the University of Utah. He is currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Mental Health Department. Brother Howell is also a facilitator and mediator for the Federal Government and within the community. Brother Howell also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department and Unified Police Department. He and his wife, Tina (Pearce) Howell, have four children.

Second Counselor: Eddie Gist is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was baptized in Fayette, New York, in 1997 in the Rochester Palmyra New York Stake. He also serves as second counselor in the bishopric of the Midvale East First Ward. He holds a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising with a double minor in management/marketing from Appalachian State University. He is currently employed as a bakery manager for a major grocery store chain. Eddie has been coaching wrestling at Hillcrest High School since 1993. Eddie is married to Heather (Ferguson) Gist, and they have three children: Eddie Jr., Shelby, and Sariah.