Ed J. Pinegar was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He graduated from BYU in 1956 with a degree in chemistry and mathematics. He played basketball and tennis for BYU. He attended dental school at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1961. Between 1962 and 1964, he served as a Captain in the United States Army. While attending dental school, he taught early morning seminary. Upon returning to Provo to begin his dental practice, he again taught early morning seminary for 3 years and then taught the Book of Mormon, Gospel Principles and Practices and other religion classes at BYU for 19 years. Brother Pinegar taught from 1991 to 2000 on the faculty at the Orem Institute of Religion at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
Some of Brother Pinegar’s former Church callings include: Member of the General Board for Young Men and Aaronic Priesthood (1972-79); Member of the Church Missionary Committee (1973-75); Chairman of the Service and Activities Committee; Missionary Committee of the Church (1977-78); President of the England London South Mission (1985-88); President of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah (1988-90); Member of the Missionary Programs Advisory Committee (1988-90); Temple Sealer (Set apart 1993 by President Gordon B. Hinckley); Bishop twice (1964-69; 1993-96). He serves as the bishop for the church TV worship service (1992-present); President of the BYU 20th Stake (1999-2004). In 2004-05 he taught at the BYU Semester at Nauvoo at the Joseph Smith Academy; Taught winter semester 2006 at BYU Hawaii; Served as a Temple Sealer in the Provo, Nauvoo, Mount Timpanogos, Palmyra and Manti Temples; Taught at the Senior MTC in Provo for over 10 years between (1994-2007). He served a mission with his sweetheart Patricia in the New York Rochester Mission at the Historical Sites around Palmyra July 2007 to January 2009. He served as President of the Manti Temple from 2009-2012. He presently serves as a Sealer in the Provo temple.
Brother Pinegar is the author or co-author of 40 plus books and 20 audio tapes and CDs of which many are on Missionary work—The Ultimate Missionary Companion, Raising the Bar, Clearing the Bar (a computer training course for young men and women), Preparing for the Melchizedek Priesthood and My Mission, and Called to Serve. Most recently his best selling book entitled The Temple: Gaining knowledge and Power in the Lords Holy House and A Mighty Change and his first fiction a Novella entitled The Christmas Code which will be made into a film and to be released in November 2016. In February of 2016 Gethsemane, Golgotha and the Garden Tomb will be released. He has also has produced many inspirational talk tapes for missionaries most recently 60 Minutes to a Great Mission. He has co-authored with Richard J. Allen of over 20 plus LDS books most recently On the Brighter Side and Commentaries on all the Standard Works, Who’s Who Series, Quote Books for all the Standard Works and Your Patriarchal Blessing. He has taught many years in Continuing Education for BYU including Know Your Religion and Education Week.
Brother Pinegar is married to the former Patricia Peterson who served as Counselor in the General Presidency of the Young Women and General Primary President of the Church. They are the parents of eight children, 39 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1970 — Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award from Provo City
1972 — Service to Mankind Award from Provo City
1979 — Excellence in Teaching Award from BYU, Division of Continuing Education
1996 – Honorary Trustee Provo High School Foundation
1998 — Sloan Community Speaker Award from BYU
1999 – Emeritus Alumni Award BYU
2001 – Utah Valley University Distinguished Service Award
2002 – Food and Care Coalition Service Award
2003 — Utah Valley University Excellence in Leadership Award
2013 – Excellence in Publishing Award Covenant Books
Most recently he appeared March 8, 2015 on BYUTV Latter Day Profiles.