- Full Name M. Russell Ballard
- Born October 8, 1928
- Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
- Prior to his call as a full-time Church leader, Elder Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many Church and civic committees and boards.
As a young man, he served a mission to England for the Church, where he was a counselor in the mission presidency. He has also served as a bishop twice.