Terence M. Vinson was born in Sydney, Australia, on March 12, 1951. He married Kay Anne Carden in May 1974. They are the parents of six children.
In 1974, he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Sydney University and an education and teaching diploma from Sydney Teachers College. He was also awarded a master’s degree in applied finance in 1996 from Macquarie University.
Since joining the Church in 1974, he has served in numerous callings, including counselor in a bishopric, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, regional representative, counselor in a mission presidency, temple ordinance worker, early-morning seminary teacher, and Area Seventy.
At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Pacific Area. Following his call as a General Authority, he served for five years in the Africa West Area Presidency, the final two years as Area President. Elder Vinson was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2018, with supervisory responsibilities, working with three different members of the Twelve, for the North America Southeast, Africa Central, Africa South, and Africa West Areas. He was given emeritus status on August 1, 2021.
His career has involved teaching math as well as training and lecturing at universities. His main occupation for the final 23 years of his working career was as a financial adviser and funds manager. He retired in 2011 as joint CEO and chairman of a business he began called Northhaven Wealth Management. He continued to consult for that firm until he was called as a General Authority.