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Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

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John’s life and ministry are driven by a desire to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. This calling began as the son of an evangelist, born in Tennessee and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He first recognized a call to teach while at Wheaton College as an English major. He also met his wife Noël at Wheaton. The call grew in their marriage (1968) and through further study at Fuller Seminary (B.Div., 1971) and the University of Munich (D.Theol., 1974) in Germany, where their first son Karsten was born. The addition to their family of Benjamin, Abraham, Barnabas, and Talitha Ruth has further fueled this passion for God. It simmered for six years as John taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College, increased during his 33 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, and continues to grow as the Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary and through his ministry through Desiring God.

Pastor John lives in downtown Minneapolis. Praying, teaching, thinking, clarifying, sharpening, laboring, writing, and traveling to share these fruits are all evidences of God’s continued call on his life to spread a passion for Jesus’ supremacy in all things for the joy of all peoples.

John is the author of more than 40 books, and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at

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