Richard N. Holzapfel
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Richard Charles Neitzel Holzapfel (born 1954) is an American professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) and a prolific author on topics related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Holzapfel was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, and moved regularly as a child, due to his father's naval career. In addition to his native town, his family resided in Southern California, Maine, and Hawaii. He attended Castle Park High School (Chula Vista, California) and graduated from York High School (York, Maine) in 1972. Holzapfel served as a missionary for the LDS Church for two years in Italy and Switzerland.
Holzapfel attended BYU, Hebrew Union College, and the University of California, Irvine, receiving B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees respectively, with an emphasis in the following areas: Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish History, Ancient History, American History, and Nineteenth Century American Religious History.
Holzapfel met Jeni Broberg at BYU, and they were married in an LDS temple in 1978. A year later their first child was born. At that time, Holzapfel moved his young family to California to pursue his doctorate at the University of California, Irvine, where he simultaneously worked for Seminaries and Institutes. His first book, Old Mormon Nauvoo 1839-1846 was released in 1990.
Holzapfel went to BYU as an assistant professor in 1993, teaching in the Church History, Ancient Scripture, and History departments. His courses then included the Honors sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and New Testament. He taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center from 1997 to 1998. He is a world traveler, often lecturing around the country and abroad.
Holzapfel served as the Publications Director of the Religious Educator, a quarterly journal publication of the Religious Studies Center at BYU. In addition to teaching and filling various committee assignments at the university, Holzapfel continues a heavy research, writing, and publication agenda. He has written over 32 books and countless articles.
Holzapfel and his wife reside in Springville, Utah. They have five adult children. He is a professor in the BYU Religious Education Department. Among other callings Holzapfel has served in the LDS Church as a bishop. and from 2010 to 2013 as president of the Alabama Birmingham Mission.
Holzapfel has written numerous books, including biographies and various photographic works.
- Holzapfel's middle names are from the Google Book Search entry for his doctoral dissertation. See: "Roman Christianity". Google Book Search. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- "Brigham Young : images of a Mormon prophet / Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, R....". Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
- Church News, Feb. 13, 2010.[full citation needed]
- "New mission presidents." Church News, July 3, 2010, p. 5
- FARMS Review, Vol. 19, issue 1
- Holzapfel's blog hosted by the BYU Religious Studies Center.
- BYU Religious Education faculty website
- Works by or about Richard N. Holzapfel in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Interview with Holzapfel on the Doug Wright Show on KSL radio.
- Holzapfel's vita