Dr. Jeffery R. Holland is a native of St. George, Utah. After graduating from Dixie College in 1963, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and Religious Education from Brigham Young University. He then obtained a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Philosophy in American Studies from Yale University.
He is a former commissioner of education for the LDS Church and served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University from 1980-89. He is the author of three books, Christ and the New Covenant; However Long and Hard the Road; On Earth as it is in Heaven; and Trusting Jesus. For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews, he was awarded the “Torch of Liberty” award by the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith. On April 1, 1989, he was called as an LDS general authority serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Part of that assignment included being president of the Europe North Area of the Church and first counselor in the Young Men Presidency. He was ordained a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. He and his wife, the former Patricia Terry, are the parents of two sons and a daughter, and have 13 grandchildren.