Leader Biography

Elder Richard J. Maynes

Elder Richard J. Maynes was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 1997.  He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on January 20, 2012.

Elder Maynes previously served as the Executive Director of the Family History Department and as an Assistant Executive Director in both the Priesthood and Family Department and the Missionary Department. He has also served as President of the Philippines and South America West Areas. During his numerous years of Church service he also served as a full-time missionary in the Uruguay and Paraguay Mission and as president of the Mexico Monterrey Mission (1989–1992).

Elder Maynes formerly owned and was CEO of a company specializing in factory automation. He received a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in business management and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

Richard John Maynes was born in Berkeley, California, on October 29, 1950. He married Nancy Jane Purrington in August 1974. They are parents of four children.

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