President Russell T. Osguthorpe was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy when he received the call to serve as the general president of the Sunday School. He has also served as a stake president, stake and ward Young Men president, counselor in a bishopric, branch president at the Provo, Utah, Missionary Training Center, and president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. He has also been a member of the Mormon University, including a Ph.D in instructional psychology. He is a former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and a professor emeritus in
the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. Brother Osguthorpe and his wife, Lolly, are the parents of five children and have 21 grandchildren.