Leader Biography

Elder Rafael E. Pino

Elder Rafael E. Pino was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008. At the time of his call he was serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America North Area.

He  has served as a counselor in the South America North Area and South America Northwest Area Presidencies and as president of the South America Northwest Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Mexico Area Presidency.

Elder Pino was educated in commerce at the Colegio Carabobo. He received a certificate in administration in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints in a variety of capacities since 1980. At the time of his call to full-time Church service, he was working as a regional manager for temporal affairs.

Since joining the Church in 1972, Elder Pino has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Venezuela Caracas Mission, stake executive secretary, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, president of the Argentina Rosario Mission (1999–2002), and Area Seventy.

Rafael Eduardo Pino Gimenez was born in Valencia, Venezuela, on October 27, 1955. He married Patricia Monica Villa Dassler in March 1981. They are the parents of three children.

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