Ed J. Pinegar graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1952. At BYH he played football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. He was recognized as All-State in basketball. He sang in the chorus and was Band president.
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. He was teaching seminary at Brigham Young High School when the school was closed in 1968. While at BYU he taught the Book of Mormon and Gospel Principles and Practices 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,
The Mighty Change (with Elaine Cannon),
Called to Serve Him,
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
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 "Pat" Peterson, who was recently released as General President of the Primary for the Church. They are the parents of eight children, have thirty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.