Ed J. Pinegar 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 and taught the Book of Mormon and Gospel Principles and Practices at BYU for 18 years. Brother Pinegar recently retired from the faculty at the Orem Institute of Religion at Utah Valley State College.
Some of Brother Pinegar's former Church callings include: member of the General Board for Young Men and Aaronic Priesthood; President of the England London South Mission, President of the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah; and member of the Missionary Programs Advisory Committee, Temple Sealer and Bishop (twice) and presently serves as President of the BYU 20th Stake and as a Church Service Missionary at the Senior MTC.
Brother Pinegar is the author of several LDS books, including You, Your Family and the Scriptures, Fatherhood, The Mighty Change (with Elaine Cannon), Called to Serve Him, and Preparing for Your Mission and most recently The Ultimate Missionary Companion and Latter Day Commentary on the Old Testament, Lengthen Your Shuffle and soon to be released Leadership for Saints and Latter-day Commentary on the New testament gospels . He has also produced numerous talk tapes including many "Especially for Missionaries." He has taught in many Continuing Education programs and was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Division in 1979. He also received the Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award and Service to Mankind Award and in 1998 received the Donald Sloan Speaker Award from BYU.
Brother Pinegar is married to Patricia Peterson, who was recently released as General President of the Primary for the Church, and they are the parents of eight children and have thirty-two grandchildren and one great-grand child.
President of the England London South Mission, President of the Provo Missionary Training Center, mission with wife in the New York Rochester Mission, President of the Manti Utah Temple
Brigham young University, University of Southern California
Captain in the United States Army, Dentist, Faculty for Orem Institute of Religion at Utah Valley State College, Teacher of religion at Brigham Young University, Public speaker
Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award from Provo City (1970), Service to Mankind Award from Provo City (1972), Excellence in Teaching Award from BYU, Division of Continuing Education (1979), Honorary Trustee Provo High School Foundation (1996), Sloan Community Speaker Award from BYU (1998), Emeritus Alumni Award BYU (1999), Utah Valley University Distinguished Service Award (2001), Food and Care Coalition Service Award (2002), Utah Valley University Excellence in Leadership Award (2003), Excellence in Publishing Award Covenant Books (2013)