Merrill Joseph Bateman (born June 19, 1936) is an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). From 2003 to 2007, Bateman was a member of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy of the church. He was president of Brigham Young University (BYU) from January 1, 1996 until May 1, 2003 and was the twelfth presiding bishop of the LDS Church in 1994 and 1995. He has been a general authority of the church since 1992, when he was made a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In 2003 and 2004, Bateman was the general president of the church's Sunday School organization. In 2007, Bateman became the president of the church's Provo Utah Temple.
Bateman was born in Lehi, Utah. As he was starting the third grade his family moved to American Fork. He served as a missionary in Great Britain in the mid-1950s. After returning from his mission he married Marilyn Scholes. Bateman earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Utah in 1960 and went on to receive his doctorate in that subject from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.
Bateman's academic assignments included lecturer in economics at the University of