Greshams Rich Monnie is new bishop of LDS Walters Hill Ward
Longtime Gresham resident Rich Monnie was recently installed as bishop of the Walters Hill Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Monnie, who has been a member of the Walters Hill Ward since 1984, replaced Charles Allen, who filled the position for six years.
Like all leadership positions within the Mormon Church, Monnie's tenure as Bishop is voluntary.
'The pay doesn't come in an envelope,' Monnie said. 'It comes in other ways.'
On average, Monnie said he spends 25 hours a week at the church outside the time he puts in for his other job.
He holds master's degrees in both health services administration and business administration and is self-employed as a health care business manager and advisor.
In July, Brian Allen and Patrick Carsner, were presented as counselors, positions equivalent to that of assistant pastors in protestant churches, Monnie said.
Monnie hopes his new role within the church will help him make a difference in the lives of others and hopes to see members of the church 'more committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.'
Specifically, Monnie said he hopes to 'reach out to members of our faith we haven't heard from in a while,' and invite them back to the church.
He also hopes to work alongside congregations of other faiths on various humanitarian projects.
His first undertaking in this area is a collaborative effort between the Walter's Hill Ward and St. Henry Catholic Church to collect medical and dental equipment for a clinic in Peru.
'The biggest challenges are working with those members that have serious problems in their lives - counseling members who are troubled,' Monnie said.
Monnie was raised and educated in Gresham, where he graduated from Barlow High School in 1973.
He wasn't raised in the Mormon Church, but followed Methodist and Baptist traditions when he was young.
'I had lost my faith in God during my years as a youth … and had a yearning to know God,' Monnie said.
The Mormon Church seemed like a comfortable fit, and Monnie said he felt changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He spent two years in what was then West Germany on a mission with the church and has served in various capacities since then.
The Walters Hill Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and St. Henry Catholic Church are working together to create hygiene kits, which will be sent to Mary Mother of the Missions Medical Clinic in Arequipa, Peru.
Volunteers will be assembling the kits from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the McMann Room at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham.
Donations of combs, toothbrushes (packaged), tubes of toothpaste (6- to 8-ounce sizes, no pumps), bars of soap and new hand towels (no dish towels or washcloths) are needed.
New cloth diapers and monetary donations to buy medical and dental equipment are also needed.
For more information, or to donate, e-mail Tracey Carsner at [email protected]
For more information about the project, visit www.cuphealth.com/docs/AltoCayma