Vern Perry Stanfill was born in Townsend, Montana, on August 8, 1957. He married Alicia Cecile Cox in December 1980. They are the parents of four children.
He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Brigham Young University in 1981.
He has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the France Toulouse Mission, executive secretary, elders quorum president, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, high priest group leader, and stake president. At the time of his call, Elder Stanfill had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Central Area.
After his call as a General Authority, Elder Stanfill served in the Africa West Area Presidency. He has served in a number of committee assignments at Church headquarters. He has served in the North America Northeast Area and North America Southeast Area Presidencies. Elder Stanfill is currently serving as president of the North America Southeast Area.
He started his career managing his family’s ranch, which involved large cattle, hay, and grain operations. He sold this business in 1998 and became involved in managing family assets and trusts. He has managed a portfolio of real estate and financial instruments and structured philanthropic and estate matters. As an aircraft pilot, he holds both commercial fixed wing and rotorcraft ratings and has been involved in aviation for both business and pleasure.