John Beukema

Prior to Cypress Bible Church, I served as a Senior Pastor in Toronto, Chicago, and southern Pennsylvania. We were at each church an average of 9 years. It was difficult to leave because every church was flourishing at the time, but God kept calling us to a new challenge.

Not counting high school, I hold degrees from Cairn University (Bachelor of Science), Tyndale Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Trinity International University (Doctor of Ministry). I have had the privilege of writing numerous articles in publications such as Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, The Christian Herald, Decision Magazine, and Preaching Today. I have also contributed to seven books, including, Stories from God’s Heart (Moody, 2000); The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching (Zondervan, 2005); Interpretation and Application (Hendrickson, 2012).

My wife Amy (a graduate of Moody Bible Institute) and I have two daughters. Our oldest lives in Cincinnati with her husband and their three children. Our younger daughter is studying illustration at Indiana Wesleyan University.


More About John:

When was the last time you feared for your life?

I was a passenger in a vehicle driven by one of the church elders. Riding with elders has proven to be more exciting than roller coasters.

What is the most unusual non-ministry job you’ve had?

I worked in a Crematorium during the summer. Once I had to crawl in the still-hot oven, and a co-worker closed the door on me. It did inspire fervent prayer.

Which Christian writers and ministers have been influential in your life?

I love the Puritans. John Owen is my favorite, along with John Bunyan and John Flavel. Among the preachers I admire are Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Charles Simeon, and my dad. All 7 are dead, which makes them safer to mention than some guys still living that I benefit from reading or listening to.  


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