Craig Cloward Christensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 18, 1956. He married Debbie Jones in March 1978. They are the parents of four children.
Elder Christensen graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to earn a master of business administration from the University of Washington. Over the years, he has been a visiting instructor of business and religion courses at several universities, including Brigham Young University.
At the time of his call as a General Authority, Elder Christensen was serving as an Area Seventy in the Fifth Quorum of Seventy. Other notable callings include serving as a full-time missionary in Chile Santiago South Mission, president of the Mexico City East Mission, counselor in a branch presidency at the Provo Missionary Training Center, and bishop.
As a General Authority, Elder Craig C. Christensen served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 2012 to 2018, with supervisory responsibilities in various areas of the Church. In 2018 he was called as president of the newly formed Utah Area. After six years of supervising the work in the Utah Area, he was called in 2021 as president of the South America South Area. Previously he served as president of the Mexico South Area from 2003 to 2007 while living in Mexico City. He has also served in various departments and assignments at Church headquarters, including executive director of the Priesthood and Family Department.
His previous business activities include working as a self-employed businessman in the retail automotive, insurance, and real estate development industries and as an executive with several privately owned companies and an international accounting and consulting firm based in San Francisco, California.