Berri branch president Ian McKay with Firle stake president Rainer Korte and  Kiwi Vave

Ian McKay and his wife, Sam, envisioned life in the Riverland for several years and achieved that goal earlier this year with their shift from Adelaide’s south to Berri.

That vision broadened on Sunday 30 April when Ian was sustained as president of the Berri Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is now looking ahead not only for his immediate family, but for the congregation he is called to lead.

“It is easy to see the great potential within the Berri Branch, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist in moving Heavenly Father’s work forward – and to see our branch thrive,” shared president McKay.

Berri is one of four branches (smaller congregations than wards) within the Australia Adelaide Firle Stake.  President McKay steps into his new leadership role following the release of Kiwi Vave who served as branch president for three years.

“President Vave served faithfully in that time, often travelling the 155 kilometres between Berri and his home in Mildura more than once a week,” said Firle Stake president Rainer Korte. “We are grateful to him, and to his wife Sister Vave for her tremendous support.”

In associated changes, Daniel McKay was called as first counsellor in the branch presidency and Ryan McKay as the Elders Quorum president.

“As a family we are glad to be here, and we feel privileged to work with the members in strengthening and growing the branch,” said president McKay.

Ian and Sam McKay are the parents of five adult children, and grandparents to triplets. Ian’s fulltime role is with the South Australian Government.

The Berri Branch holds its Sunday Sacrament meetings at 1 Crawford Terrace, Berri, commencing at 9.30am.

Berri branch president Ian McKay with Firle stake president Rainer Korte and Kiwi Vave

Berri branch president Ian McKay with Firle stake president Rainer Korte and Kiwi Vave