W. Christopher Waddell

W. Christopher Waddell was called to serve as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric at the October 2020 general conference. Prior to that, he had served for five years as Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric (2015–2020) and four years as a General Authority Seventy (2011–2015).

Personal Life

W. Christopher Waddell was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 28, 1959. He married Carol Stansel in July 1984. They are the parents of four children and have three grandchildren.
Elder and Sister Waddell reside in Lima, Peru, where he currently serves as a counselor in the South America Northwest Area presidency. He will continue to serve in Peru for a short time as his responsibilities are transferred.
He has served in numerous Church callings, including as a full-time missionary in Spain, and is fluent in Spanish.
He received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from San Diego State University.

Professional Life

Beginning in 1984, W. Christopher Waddell worked with Merrill Lynch in several positions, including first vice president of investments.
He had served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since April 2011.
Last Updated On 11 Nov 2020
Full Name
Wayne Christopher Waddell
28 Jun 1959
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California, United States
TitleFirst Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
OrganizationPresiding Bishopric
Call Date3 Oct 2020
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