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.”
Elder David S. Baxter previously served in the Europe West Area Presidency and as the president of the Pacific Area until he had surgery for a brain tumor. He is currently on medical leave from his assignment at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
At the time of his call, he was employed as the London director of international trade and investment for the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and as a member of the board of a U.K. government agency providing help to deprived communities. He was previously the group director of operations and strategic relations for British Telecom and the information society director for the U.K. government, as well as chairman of the board of London’s Small Business Administration. He also served as a board member of a university student grants charity, London First, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a national health service trust, and the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry. While at the Department of Trade and Industry, he chaired a policy action team on behalf of the prime minister’s Social Exclusion Unit.