Joe J. Christensen
Elder Joe J. Christensen was called to membership in the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989 and to its presidency in 1993. He had previously served as president of the North American Northwest Area of the Church and as president of the Brazil Area. He was granted general authority emeritus status in October of 1999.
He has been a missionary to Mexico and Central America, a bishop, regional representative, a mission president in Mexico, and president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo for four years. He has been a counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency and a member of the general boards of the Young Men and Melchizedek Priesthood MIA. He has been active in Scouting, serving as council commissioner and as a member of the National Exploring Standing Committee. Elder Christensen is the author of four books on Church-related themes.
When called as a General Authority, he had been serving since 1985 as president of Ricks College. For more than 30 years he has been associated with the Church Educational System, where he has also served as associate commissioner of education, responsible for the administration of the world seminaries and institutes of religion programs. He has directed several institutes of religion adjacent to various universities, including the University of Utah.
Elder Christensen is married to Barbara Kohler.