Pipers Retire and Re-Fire for the Next Chapter of Ministry

Greg Strand – April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

John Piper recently retired from 33 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Last week while at The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013, Collin Hansen sat down with Piper for a 30-minute interview addressing “regrets and retirement.” There is much to gain from this interview, not only theologically, but also from the godly wisdom gleaned over the years of pastoral ministry.

Last evening there was a corporate gathering  of all the Bethlehem Baptist campuses to give thanks and praise to God for His sovereign grace and mercy in the life of the church, and express gratitude to the Pipers for their 33 years of faithful ministry in, with and among them. This was both a retirement from vocational ministry at Bethlehem Baptist to a recommissioning to the next chapter of ministry in the Pipers’ lives, the full-time ministry of Desiring God. For the Pipers, this is not a retire but rather a re-fire!

Piper has no plans of slowing down. In dependency on God, he notes there is “much more to come” in this next chapter.

We thank the Lord for His grace evidenced in the lives and ministries of Bethlehem Baptist and the Pipers, and we pray a blessing on both in these next chapters!

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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