Dr. Joel R. Beeke was converted at the age of 14 and has pastored for more than forty years in three churches. Currently, he is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (since 1994), editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, and a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan (since 1986).
He has written and co-authored 100 books (most recently, Reformed Systematic Theology, Reformed Preaching: Preaching God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Knowing and Growing in Assurance, and Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination), edited another 100 books, and contributed 2,500 items to books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. He is presently working on writing a systematic theology and a book on preaching from the preacher’s heart to the listener’s heart.
His PhD is in Reformation and post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) on assurance of faith. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at conferences around the world in dozens of countries.
He and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren.
The Reformers taught that God revealed in Genesis that He created all things in six ordinary days about six thousand years ago.