Elder Keith K. Hilbig entered the roster of the General Authorities in April 0f 2001 when he was called up from his position as an Area Authority Seventy in the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy to take a position in the Second Quorum.
Elder Hilbig was born March 13, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Karl Hilbig and his wife Mildred. He was raised in the Church, baptized as a child and received the Aaronic Priesthood as a youth. His spiritual growth was accelerated by the example of his parents in living the Gospel, sustaining the Brethren and readily accepting callings. A foundation for a lifetime of service was laid in his formative years.
In an interview with a reporter for the Ensign (May 2001, p. 106), Elder Hilbig said, "I'm very much a believer in President J. Reuben Clark's statement that in the Church one neither seeks nor declines a position, and it matters not where one serves but how. That holds true with every opportunity to serve in the Church."
Following President Clark's maxim, young Keith Hilbig accepted a call to serve as a full-time missionary in the Central German Mission. Since returning from his mission, he has served as a Gospel Doctrine teacher in Sunday School, Seminary teacher, Young Men's President, Elders Quorum President, Bishop, Stake President, Temple Ordinance Worker, Regional Representative, and President of the Switzerland Zurich Mission. In 1995 he was called as an Area Authority for the North America West Area and in 1997 as an Area Authority Seventy. He served in both the Third and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy prior to his call as a General Authority.
Elder Hilbig's academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree from Princeton and a law degree from Duke. He pursued a career in law and after working a number of years as a trial attorney in Los Angeles, established his own law firm. In April of 1998 he became International Legal Counsel for the Church. He has represented the Church in the Europe West and the Europe Central Areas.
Elder Hilbig is married to the former Susan Rae Logie. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple June 1, 1967. At this writing, the Hilbigs have six children and eight grandchildren.
On April 1, 2006. Elder Hilbig was released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy and called to the First Quorum. The Lord is evidently pleased with Elder Hilbig's service.