Gary J. Coleman

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Gary J. Coleman
Second Quorum of the Seventy
June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05) – October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Gary Jerome Coleman
(1941-09-18) September 18, 1941 (age 75)
Wenatchee, Washington, United States

Gary Jerome Coleman (born September 18, 1941) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1992.


Coleman was born in Wenatchee, Washington. He was raised a Roman Catholic in the Diocese of Spokane. As a student at Washington State University, Coleman was introduced to LDS Church by John M. Madsen and Judith Renee England. At age 21, Coleman was baptized into the LDS Church by Madsen, and then married England.[1]

After graduating from Washington State, Coleman went on the receive master's and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University.

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Prior to his call as a general authority, Coleman was an instructor in the Church Educational System. At the time of his call as a general authority he was the assistant director of the Institute of Religion in Ogden, Utah, adjacent to Weber State University.

Coleman has served in the church as a bishop and as a counselor to both stake and mission presidents. He also served as president of the California Arcadia Mission.

Coleman was called as a general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1992 and transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1997. On October 1, 2011, Coleman was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as an emeritus general authority at the church's general conference.[2]


  1. ^ Gary J. Coleman and John M. Madsen, "New Religion, New Life," Ensign, June 2007, pp. 60–63.
  2. ^ "Honorable releases given to 12 brethren". Church News. Deseret News Publishing Company. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 

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