Elder Joaquin E. Costa was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America Northwest Area. He also previously served as Second Counselor (2017–2018) in the Brazil Area Presidency. Elder Costa previously served at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in the Brazil Area Presidency. He currently serves as First Counselor in the South America South Area Presidency.
Elder Costa has served in numerous Church callings, including bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, and Area Seventy.
Elder Costa received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987 from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in business administration in 1994 from Brigham Young University. In his professional career he worked in the banking industry in Argentina, the Czech Republic, and the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East. At the time of his call, he was working in Lima, Peru, with a Danish investment firm focused on microfinance.
Joaquin Esteban Costa was born in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina, on March 8, 1965. He married Renee Beatriz Varela in September 1989. They are the parents of four children.