Leader Biography

Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella

Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2017. He is currently serving at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.


Elder Parrella received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1991, both from Brigham Young University. He worked as managing director at Kodak Polychrome Graphics until 2005 and was a partner at Korn Ferry International until 2009 and recently a partner at Caldwell Partners.

Since joining the Church in 1971, Elder Parrella has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission, branch president, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, Area Seventy, and president of the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission.

Adilson de Paula Parrella was born in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil, in November 1962. He married Elaine Finholdt in 1988. They are the parents of five children.

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