General Authorities

Elder W. Christopher Waddell

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder W. Christopher Waddell was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011, at age 51. At the time of his call he was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area.

Elder Waddell received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from San Diego State University. Beginning in 1984 he worked with Merrill Lynch in several positions, including first vice president of investments.

Elder Waddell has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in Spain, bishop, high councilor, mission president’s counselor, stake president, president of the Barcelona Spain Mission, and Area Seventy.

Wayne Christopher Waddell was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 28, 1959. He married Carol Stansel in July 1984. They are the parents of four children. Elder and Sister Waddell reside in Lima, Peru.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

The Opportunity of a LifetimeOctober 2011 General Conference

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Full Name W. Christopher Waddell

Born June 28, 1959

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States