by Scott Rowe, Director of Public Affairs, Cedar Park Stake
CEDAR PARK, Texas — Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now part of a new unit of the Church, recently created in Cedar Park, Texas. This newly formed unit, known as a “stake,” is the sixth in the Austin metropolitan area and consists of seven geographical congregations, or “wards,” which are organized in Cedar Park, Leander, Marble Falls and Llano.
In 1996, there were only two stakes in Central Texas: the Austin Texas Stake and the Austin Texas Oak Hills Stake with total membership of 8,684 from 17 wards. Today, there are four additional units—the Kyle Texas Stake, Round Rock Texas Stake, Round Rock Texas East Stake and the newly organized Cedar Park Texas Stake, with more than 24,000 total members from 48 different congregations.
Ryan Robinson, who has worked as a human resources executive for the past 20 years, was designated as the president of the new Cedar Park Stake. Robinson’s ecclesiastical role is voluntary, yet he dedicates much of his time to provide spiritual and organizational leadership for the Church members.
Robinson, who relocated to Leander in 2007 with his wife and seven children said, “In such a time of growth and change for the Cedar Park area, we are striving to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, in strengthening our members and their families, and helping to build a community of love and respect for our brothers and sisters of all faiths.”