David S. 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.
He received a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from the University of Wales in 1976.
Since joining the Church in 1968, he has served in numerous callings, including full-time missionary in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president, counselor in a mission presidency, and Area Seventy. Elder Baxter is the author of “A Perfect Brightness of Hope”; “Peace, Be Still”; and “What Good Men Do.”