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Jeffery G. Chapman was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He was married to Kristi Fraughton on October 20, 1984 in the Jordan River Temple. They have five children: four daughters and one son. Three of their children are married. All of their married children and their spouses have graduated from or are currently attending BYU-Idaho with another daughter set to join BYU-Idaho this fall.
Chapman received a B.S. in Family Science from Brigham Young University in 1988. He then received a M.S. Human Resource Administration from Utah State University in 1993. Later he received a PhD in Family Life from Utah State University in 2002.
He has served in many capacities within the church including Young Men leader, high councilman, bishop of Dixie Downs Third Ward, St. George Utah Dixie Downs Stake, ward mission leader, scoutmaster, family history consultant; Rexburg North Stake Sunday School president, and counselor in a bishopric. He is currently serving as bishop of the Rexburg YSA 76th Ward, Rexburg YSA 3rd Stake. Jeff and Kristi served together as the directors for the San Antonio Temple Youth Celebration in 2005.
Chapman has been a seminary instructor in St. George, Utah from 1988-1997 and institute instructor in Logan, Utah from 1997-2000. He was a seminary and institute coordinator in San Antonio, Texas from 2000-2006. Chapman is currently working as a member of the Department of Religious Education Religious Education at BYU-Idaho.
His father-in-law, Edward J. Fraughton, a sculptor, has two pieces of art on the BYU-Idaho campus including the Thomas E. Ricks bust in the Manwaring Center and The Monument to Education statue created for the Ricks College/BYU-Idaho Centennial Celebration on the Manwaring/Smith Quad