General Authorities

Elder Erich W. Kopischke

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Erich W. Kopischke was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2007. He is currently serving in the North America Southeast Area. He served as the president of the Europe Area from 2009 to 2012. Previously he was a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy, and as an Area Seventy, he served as second counselor in the Europe Central Area Presidency. After his call as a General Authority, he served as first counselor in the Europe Area Presidency.

Prior to his call as a full-time General Authority of the Church, Elder Kopischke was the Seminary and Institute coordinator for Europe. As a Church Educational System employee, he also taught institute and served as the area director for the Central Europe Area. Earlier in his career he was self-employed as an insurance broker and later became managing director of a nationwide insurance company in Germany. He received his initial professional training and degree in business.

Elder Kopischke has served in numerous Church callings, including stake president, district president, high councilor, branch president, and counselor in two bishoprics. In 2003 he was called to preside over the Germany Berlin Mission, which included the former German Democratic Republic and West Berlin. As a young man he served as a missionary in the Germany Munich Mission.

Elder Kopischke was born on October 20, 1956, in Elmshorn, Germany. He married Christiane Glück in the Bern Switzerland Temple in 1978. They are the parents of seven children and have five grandchildren.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

Being Accepted of the LordApril 2013 General Conference

Preach My Gospel—the Unifying Tool between Members and MissionariesOctober 2007 General Conference

All General Conference talks by Erich W. Kopischke

Full Name Erich W. Kopischke

Born October 20, 1956

Place of Birth Elmshorn, Germany