Jörg Klebingat is a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2014. He was serving as president of the Ukraine Kyiv Mission at the time of his call.
He was born in Zweibrücken, Germany, on December 19, 1967. He served for 18 months in the German army. He joined the Church in 1985 and has served as Young Men president, elders quorum president, high councilor, and bishop.
Klebingat received a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Brigham Young University, which included a one-year study abroad experience at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. He also earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the BYU Marriott School of Management. He served a full-time mission to Denver, Colorado, where he grew to love teaching. He spent many years teaching young people the gospel in seminary and institute in several different locations around the world.
Following his graduation, he worked for several consulting companies, such as Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen. He also worked for the Church for many years in positions such as service center manager, director for temporal affairs, and distribution supervisor.
Klebingat met his wife, Julia Poltorak, when she came to Ricks College as a translator with a musical group from Latvia. He followed her to the group’s last stop in New York City, and they married six months later. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ soon after their marriage. They are the parents of three children. Their children are fluent in German, Russian, and English.