Erich W. Kopischke
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 in March 2007. Previously, as an Area Seventy, he served as second counselor in the Europe Central Area Presidency and then as first counselor in the Europe Area Presidency. From 2009 to 2012 he served as president of the Europe Area. He is currently serving at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
Before his call as a full-time General Authority, Elder Kopischke was the Seminary and Institute coordinator for Europe. 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 council member, 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 and his wife, Christiane Glück Kopischke, are the parents of seven children and have six grandchildren.