Gary Crittenden of Salt Lake City – What Is an Area Seventy?

A successful Utah businessman, Gary Crittenden heads HGGC, LLC, a middle market private equity firm whose holdings include such companies as Citadel Plastics and iQor. Previously, he served as the chief financial officer of Citigroup and was the architect of the institution’s current Citicorp/Citi Holdings structure. Outside his professional achievements, Gary Crittenden fulfills a number of philanthropic roles in his native Utah, including the position of Area Seventy with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A position of leadership within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Seventy is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Adult men who have been designated as Seventies fall into one of eight quorums. Those in full time church service are part of the First or Second Quorums, which are designated General Authorities. The remaining Seventies, or Area Seventies, hold membership in the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Quorums. These officers only have authority in their respective regions or areas, while Seventies of the First and Second Quorums may lead around the globe. The Church calls all Seventies to share the gospel and to promote the overall growth and expansion of the Mormon faith. Together with other Church leaders, Area Seventies often help coordinate stake, or regional, conferences; train new stake officials; and oversee regional councils of stake presidents.