General Authorities

Elder David S. Baxter

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder David S. Baxter was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 2006. He served as the President of the Pacific Area and previously served in the Presidency of the Europe West Area. He is now serving at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Elder Baxter received a degree in Business / Economics from the University of Wales in 1976. At the time of his calling to the First Quorum of Seventy, he was employed as the London Director of International Trade and Investment for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and as a member of the board of a UK Government agency providing help to deprived communities. He was previously the Director of Operations and Strategic Relations for British Telecom and the UK Government’s Information Society Director, as well as Chairman of the Board of London’s Small Business Administration. He also served as a board member of a university student grants charity, London First, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a National Health Service Trust, and the London Council of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). While at the Department of Trade and Industry, he chaired a Policy Action team on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Social Exclusion Unit.

Since joining the Church in 1968, Elder Baxter has served in numerous callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission, bishop, stake president’s counselor, stake president, and mission president’s counselor. Elder Baxter is the author of A Perfect Brightness of Hope.

David Steward Baxter was born in Stirling, Scotland, on February 7, 1955. He married Dianne Marie Lewars in February 1979. They are the parents of four children and have seven grandchildren.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

Faith, Fortitude, Fulfillment: A Message to Single ParentsApril 2012 General Conference

Faith, Service, ConstancyOctober 2006 General Conference

All General Conference talks by David S. Baxter

Full Name David S. Baxter

Born 1955

Place of Birth Stirling, United Kingdom