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Brad Wilcox
a man in a suit and tie speaking at a podium
Born 25 December 1959 (1959-12-25) (age 62)
Alma mater Brigham Young University
University of Wyoming
Occupation Professor
Employer Brigham Young University
Spouse(s) Deborah G. Gunnell
Children 4

Bradley Ray ("Brad") Wilcox (born December 25, 1959) is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is a graduate of BYU and received a PhD from the University of Wyoming. He is the author of several books, most notably The Continuous Atonement. He often speaks at various events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and served on its Sunday School General Board. Since April 2020, he has been serving as the second counselor in the LDS Church's Young Men General Presidency.


Wilcox was raised in Provo, Utah and, for a time, lived in Ethiopia. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Chile, where he wrote the mission song. He attended BYU, graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1985. Wilcox then worked as a sixth-grade teacher in Provo. He later earned a master's degree in teaching and learning, also from BYU. Wilcox attended the University of Wyoming and received a PhD in "curriculum and instruction with a focus in literacy." He then became a professor at BYU, first in the Teacher Education Department, and later in the Department of Ancient Scripture.

Wilcox and his wife, Deborah G. Gunnell "Debi" Wilcox, are the parents of four children. She is a registered nurse and served a mission in Guatemala.

Church service

He has served in multiple capacities within the LDS Church, including scout leader, bishop, member of the Sunday School General Board, and as president of the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003 to 2006. In 2007, he was called as a counselor in the presidency of the BYU 4th Stake. Wilcox has often been a speaker at such Church Educational System programs as Especially for Youth, BYU Education Week, and the BYU Women's Conference. His speech given at BYU, "His Grace is Sufficient," is "the most viewed speech of all time among BYU speeches, and has more than 400,000 views on YouTube," according to Deseret News. On April 4, 2020, Wilcox was called as second counselor to Steven J. Lund in the LDS Church's Young Men General Presidency.


Books written by Wilcox include The Continuous Atonement, The Best Kept Secrets of Parenting, and Raising Ourselves to the Bar. He has also written articles on how to encourage children to read.



  • Where Do Babies Come From? (2004)
  • Raising Ourselves to the Bar (2007)
  • The Continuous Atonement (2009)
  • Voices of Hope: Latter-Day Saint Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction- An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays with Ty Mansfield, Wendy Ulrich, T.S. Richards, Tyler Moore, Rhonda Moses, Blake Smith, and Camille Fronk Olson
  • Developing Literacy: Reading and Writing To, With, and by Children, with Timothy G. Morrison (2013)
  • 52 Life-changing Questions from the Book of Mormon (2013)
  • Armor Up! with John Bytheway, Laurel Christensen, John Hilton III, Hank Smith, and Anthony Sweat (2013)
  • Suit Up! with John Bytheway, Laurel Christensen, John Hilton III, Hank Smith, and Anthony Sweat (2013)
  • The Continuous Conversion: God Isn't Just Proving Us, He's Improving Us (2013)
  • With Healing in His Wings with Gary J. Coleman, John M. Madsen, Gaye Strathearn, Andrew C. Skinner, and Brent L. Top (2013)
  • How to Hug a Hedgehog: 12 Keys for Connecting with Teens with Jerrick Robbins (2014)
  • The 7-Day Christian: How Living Your Beliefs Every Day Can Change the World (2014)
  • Filled with Mercy: Daily Reflections On the Atonement (2014)
  • The Continuous Atonement for Teens (2015)
  • Practicing for Heaven: The Parable of the Piano Lessons (2015)
  • A Year of Powerful Prayer (2016)
  • Changed Through His Grace (2017)
  • Because of the Messiah in a Manger (2018)
  • Come Unto Me: Illuminating the Savior's Life, Mission, Parables, and Miracles (2018)
  • Born to Change the World: Your Part in Gathering Israel (2019)
  • Because of the Christ on Calvary (2020)

Children's Books

  • Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae! (2001)


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