Elder J. Devn Cornish

Elder J. Devn Cornish

Leader Biography

Elder J. Devn Cornish was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southeast Area. He is currently serving as the Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department.

Elder Cornish received a bachelor of arts in biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. In 1978, he received a doctor of medicine, also from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his pediatric residency at the Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard University in 1981. In 1985, he completed a neonatology fellowship program at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center.

Subsequently, he was Professor and Chairman, and later a Vice Chairman in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Elder Cornish has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Guatemala–El Salvador Mission, elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, ward mission leader, ward Young Men president, bishop, high priests group leader, stake president, president of the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission (2003–2006), and Area Seventy.

John Devn Cornish was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 12, 1951. He married Elaine Simmons in August 1973. They are the parents of six children.

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