• FKA: Detroit Stake (1952)

Stake History

2021 New Stake Presidency

BLOOMFIELD HILLS MICHIGAN STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Ronald Michael Peterson, 50, Ally Bank senior director of auto product and strategy; succeeding Theodore W. Parsons; wife, Sarah Ann Secrest Peterson. Counselors — Joseph Robert Wirthlin, 51, Ford Motor Company systems engineering senior technical leader; wife, Robin Ann Olsen Wirthlin. Joshua Doyle Rhodenizer, 43, Ascension St. John Hospital program director and section chief of podiatric surgery; wife, Shauna Lynne Nilsson Rhodenizer.[1]

2021 Stake Division

The Church organized a new stake in Michigan - the first time a new stake has been organized in Michigan since the Kalamazoo Michigan Stake was created in 1979. The new Farmington Hills Michigan Stake was organized on May 23rd from the Ann Arbor Michigan Stake, the Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake, and the Westland Michigan Stake, and it includes the following six wards: the Commerce, Farmington Hills, Howell, Livonia, Northville, and White Lake Wards.[2]

The Church in Michigan has experienced stagnant congregational growth and extremely slow membership growth in recent years. The creation of the stake was unusual given that none of the stakes in the Detroit area were large and ready to divide prior to the creation of the new stake. However, on rare occasions the Church has organized new stakes in such situations which has appeared prompted by efforts to provide more leadership mentoring and a lower ratio of members to Church leaders. There are now nine stakes and one district in Michigan.

Oakland County Home Centered Church Opportunities

We teach that true religion begins in the home: "Home Centered / Church Supported". To that end families may consider the following local resources and programs to strengthen your core beliefs and values:

1. Come Follow Me: - Daily & Weekly family gospel study
2. Vanguard Scouting: - Featuring age-appropriate Family Activities, Service, Crafts, Field Trips, & Outdoor Adventures. The Benefits of Scouting are many, and there are lots of personal growth ideas to help your family pursue the new Churchwide Children & Youth Program.
3. LIFE School Curriculum: an LDS gospel based homeschool program that is built on the foundation of the scriptures, giving the child a sense of who he is and setting him on the path of discovering his divine mission. It is presented in a four year chronological rotation, integrating all areas of study to create a clear picture of the history of our world.
4. Family History: Resources to help you explore your family tree

    • Mormon Pioneers - 200+ stories of early faithful Latter-day Saint pioneers.
    • Familypedia - Come help build Michigan's largest Family History online Encyclopedia.

5. Local Recreation:

Detroit Michigan Temple


The Detroit Michigan Temple is the 63rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the first temple built in Michigan. The roadway running in front of the temple, eight-lane Woodward Avenue, is one of the Detroit area's major thoroughfares. It gives the temple good exposure to passers-by, but it is remains unobtrusive because of its well-landscaped parkway and location behind a large, grass-covered buffer.

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