The former dean of Helena College and mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Daniel Bingham was severely injured in a bicycle crash Wednesday.
According to a statement released by the LDS Church, Bingham, president of the Australia Sydney South Mission, "was involved in a serious bicycle accident and suffered a broken neck. He has undergone surgery and is currently in intensive care at a local hospital."
The statement goes on to say, "President Bingham and his wife, Donna, have been serving since July 2017. They have four adult children. The family is grateful for prayers on their behalf at this difficult time."
After 12 years as dean of Helena College, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked Bingham and his wife to move to Australia for a three-year stint managing 170 missionaries in the area. Bingham said he would be on call 24 hours a day for the entire three-year period. According to the Mormon Newsroom, there are 70,946 missionaries serving in 421 missions across the world.
Bingham is responsible for making sure missionaries are effective teachers and maintain their physical and emotional health.
While missionaries ask the church to assign them a mission, mission presidents are called on by the church without warning. But Bingham didn’t hesitate in making the commitment.
“As a mission president, you have no knowledge that you’re going to be asked to go,” Bingham said in an April interview with the IR. “I was merrily going on my way and having a great time in life.”
In 2014, Bingham was named "Boss of the Year" by the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce.