Christoffel Golden was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 1, 1952. He married Diane Norma Hulbert in December 1981. They are the parents of four children.
He graduated from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, where he earned degrees in political science and international politics.
He has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in South Africa, ward and stake Young Men president, institute teacher, bishop, and stake president.
Previously, Elder Christoffel Golden served in the Third Quorum of the Seventy as an Area Seventy for the Africa Southeast Area, as well as an Area Seventy and counselor in the Africa Area. He has served as President of the Africa Southeast Area, First and Second Counselor in the Africa West Area, and Executive Director of the Priesthood and Family Department. He is currently serving as President of the Europe East Area.
He is an experienced businessman with a background in banking, pharmaceuticals, and marketing.