John Piper (1946– ) is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church for 33 years. He still serves as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary.
Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.
In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper's sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.
Several of Piper's books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the World, and God's Passion for His Glory. The John Piper Collection (24 vols.) offers 24 titles from John Piper including The Pleasures of God and Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.