Lexington Mormon leader Robert Hymas has taken on a new assignment with a much larger scope.
For the past several years, Hymas has served as president of two Central Kentucky stakes, which are groups of congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In that role, he oversaw about 20 congregations that included roughly 6,000 members.
In his new voluntary role, Hymas, 53, is what's called an area seventy and oversees 10 stake presidents in Knoxville and Nashville.
"It's like meeting with 10 of the folks who were in the calling that I had before the current one," he explained.
Hymas now finds himself and his wife, Kathy, traveling about three out of every four weekends a month as he counsels the volunteer stake presidents.
"A real nice part of it is continuing to meet with the Saints ... throughout the Southeast," Hymas said. "I love meeting with the saints and experiencing their enthusiasm for the gospel.
"It's nice when I walk into a different chapel that I still feel like I'm home, as I feel a camaraderie and fellowship with the Saints."
Over the course of each year, he'll meet quarterly with the entire group of four stake presidents in Knoxville and separately with the six stake presidents for Nashville.
"When we're there, we're discussing really all aspects of the church," he said. "It would include how do we strengthen the current members, what are their needs and their challenges?
"Also it would include how do we continue to reach others outside the faith?"
On other weekends, he meets individually with stake presidents and attends some of their Sunday meetings.
"That way I can help answer any questions, give them some training and give them some guidance," he said.
In the midst of it all, he maintains his residence in Lexington, where he is vice president of finance over operations at Tempur-Pedic International.
"There are nights that are both a little bit of Tempur-Pedic and a little bit of church to get it all in," Hymas said.