Leader Biography

Elder Juan Pablo Villar

Elder Juan Pablo Villar was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2018, at age 48. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Seventh Quorum of the Seventy in the South America South Area. Currently, he is serving in the South America South Area Presidency.


Elder Villar received a bachelor degree in social communications and public relations in 1994 and a master’s degree in marketing in 2002. He also obtained a master of business administration from Brigham Young University in 2007. His work experience includes commercial and marketing positions in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. He also worked in the mining industry since 2008 running business improvement programs in Latin America and most recently working as a senior manager.

Elder Villar has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Chile Viña del Mar Mission, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, stake president, ward executive secretary, counselor in the Santiago Chile East Mission presidency, ward Young Men president, and high councilor.

Juan Pablo Villar Saavedra was born in Valparaiso, Chile, on September 11, 1969. He married Carola Cristina Barrios in 1994. They are the parents of three children.

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