Leader Biography

Elder Erich W. Kopischke

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Erich W. Kopischke was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on March 31, 2007, at age 50. He previously served as a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy and as an Area Seventy. As an Area Seventy, he served as second counselor in the former Europe Central Area Presidency. After his call as a General Authority, he served as first counselor in the Europe Area Presidency. He currently serves as President of the Europe Area.

Elder Kopischke served a mission as a young man in the Germany Munich Mission. In 2003, he was called to preside over the Germany Berlin Mission, which included the geographical area of the former German Democratic Republic, as well as West Berlin. Prior to that calling, he had served in numerous Church positions, including stake president, district president, member of a high council, branch president, and counselor in two bishoprics.

Elder Kopischke received professional training and a degree in business. He was self-employed as an insurance broker, and later was managing director of a nation-wide insurance company in Germany for 10 years. At that time he was hired by the Church Educational System, where he became area director for the Europe Central Area, until his call as a mission president. At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was employed as a seminaries and institute coordinator located in Frankfurt, Germany.

Elder Kopischke was born in Elmshorn, Germany, on October 20, 1956, to Kurt E. and Helga Kopischke. His parents were faithful converts who lived in East Germany. Shortly before Elder Kopischke was born, they escaped, in a miraculous way, to West Germany.

Elder Kopischke married Christiane Glück in the Bern Switzerland Temple in 1978. They are the parents of seven children, two girls and five boys, including twin boys. They have four grandchildren. The family resides in Usingen, Germany.

Elder and Sister Kopischke love spending time with their children and grandchildren, especially enjoying nature and participating as a family in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, and biking.

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