Rafael E. Pino was born in Valencia, Venezuela, on October 27, 1955. He married Patricia Monica Villa Dassler in March 1981. They are the parents of three children.
He was educated in commerce at the Colegio Carabobo. He received a certificate in administration in Caracas, Venezuela.
Since joining the Church in 1972, he has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Venezuela Caracas Mission, stake executive secretary, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, president of the Argentina Rosario Mission (1999–2002), and Area Seventy.
At the time of his call Elder Rafael E. Pino was serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America North Area.
He has served as First Counselor and Second Counselor in the South America North Area and South America Northwest Area Presidencies, President of the South America Northwest Area, Assistant Executive Director in the Temple Department, and First and Second Counselor in the Mexico Area. He is currently serving as President of the Mexico Area.
He has worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a variety of capacities since 1980. At the time of his call to full-time Church service, he was working as a regional manager for temporal affairs.