Leader Biography

Elder Craig C. Christensen

Elder Craig C. Christensen was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 5, 2002.  At the time of his call he was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area. He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on April 3, 2012.

As a General Authority, Elder Christensen has served as President of the Mexico South Area, headquartered in Mexico City, and in various departments and assignments at Church headquarters, including Executive Director of the Priesthood and Family Department.

Elder Christensen graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to earn a master of business administration from the University of Washington. Over the years, he has been a visiting instructor of business and religion courses at several universities, including Brigham Young University.

At the time of his call as a General Authority, Elder Christensen was a self-employed businessman in the retail automotive, insurance, and real estate development industries. He previously worked as an executive with several privately owned companies and with an international accounting and consulting firm based in San Francisco, California. He has served on several business and volunteer boards and with various charitable organizations.

Elder Christensen has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in Chile Santiago South Mission, president of the Mexico City East Mission, counselor in a branch presidency at the Provo Missionary Training Center, bishop, high councilor, and elders quorum president.

Craig Cloward Christensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 18, 1956. He married Debbie Jones on March 1978. They are the parents of four children.

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