Two Peninsula congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the combined membership of 588 have recently received new leadership.

Bishop Luis Ruiz of Rancho Palos Verdes now presides over the Crestridge Ward, and Bishop Ryan S. Paddock of Palos Verdes Estates now leads the Lunada Bay Ward, according to a press release.

Ruiz, who was born in Los Angeles, has lived in Rancho Palos Verdes with his family for the past 10 years. He and his wife, Eva, are the parents of five, including three adult children, Chelsy, Hannah, and Zander, as well as Asher, 14, and Hunter, 13.

Asked what he would like to accomplish in his new leadership role, Ruiz in the release said, “As bishop of Crestridge Ward, I would like to help people improve their lives. A better understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ leads people to self improvement and a desire to help and serve others.”

The former bishop of the ward was Steven Facer of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Paddock was born in Springs, South Africa and, with his family, has lived in Palos Verdes Estates for six years. He and his wife, Trisha, have three children, Eden, 15, Hannah, 12, and RJ, 9.

“I am hoping that my ward [congregation] members will increase in understanding of three things: their value and potential in the eyes of a loving Heavenly Father; that he loves them unconditionally; and that our relationships with other show a direct reflection of our love for the Savior,” Paddock said in the release.

Former Bishop Ron Anderson and his wife, Kiem, have been called on a medical mission for the church to the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission. They will serve for 23 months, beginning in May of this year. Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon, will serve as the medical advisor for church missionaries throughout the country and will teach at the medical school in the university at Ulaanbaatar. Kiem Anderson will teach English as a second language at the university.

Clergy is not paid in the Church and all service at the ward and stake level, as well as missionary service, is voluntary.

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