After serving for nine years as president of the St. Cloud Florida stake for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Osceola County, President Ryan R. Munns was released in October of 2022 as president and will be headed to Paris France for 3 years to oversee 100+ proselyting and service missionaries, leaving behind his career at Bogin, Munns and Munns, and life in Saint Cloud.

A partner at the law firm Bogin, Munns and Munns, Ryan Munns, who was known for a spirit of optimism and friendliness, provided countless hours of service to Church members and community members alike in Osceola County. As the primary spiritual leader for the stake, he spoke in stake congregations and provided training for local leaders, led missionary efforts, and met with members one on one.

President Clint Richardson, one of President Munns’s assistant counselors, said simply, “He is one of the best men I have ever served with.” Great gratitude is felt by local Church members for President Munns’s diligent service.

While nearly every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a volunteer church position (known as a “calling”), the volunteer position of stake president has one of the longest tenures within a stake, lasting an average of nine years.

Once a stake president has completed his term of service, two worldwide Church leaders, known as General Authorities, are sent to call a new stake president under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church. Elder Shayne M. Bowen and Elder Issac K. Morrison were given this assignment for the St. Cloud Florida stake.

In a conference meeting, Elder Morrison announced that local church member Jonathan Gooch would be the new stake president. President Gooch, a pediatric dentist, was previously a bishop of the Lake Toho Latter-day Saint congregation.

After being named as stake president, Gooch said he had big shoes to fill following President Munns’s leadership saying, “I know that Jesus Christ will fill the gap between my shortcomings and weakness and the capacity of this calling.”

Positively Osceola wishes Mr. Munns and his family great success as they take on this new role in their lives over the next three years.