John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and president and featured teacher of the Grace to You media ministry. After graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John—a fifth-generation pastor—came to Grace Community Church in February 1969. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Under John’s leadership, several thousand Grace Community Church members participate every week in dozens of fellowship groups and training programs, most led by lay leaders and each dedicated to equipping members for ministry on local, national, and international levels. In 1985, John became president of The Master’s College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master’s Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work. Through Grace to You—the nonprofit media organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John’s books, audio and video resources, and the “Grace to You” radio and television programs—John’s Bible teaching reaches major population centers on every continent. Since November 2008, when Grace to You made all of John’s messages available via free MP3 download from its website (, listeners have downloaded John’s sermons more than 100 million times. Week after week, John continues adding to that sermon archive, which includes about 3,400 messages as of 2015. Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ, Strange Fire, Ashamed of the Gospel, The Murder of Jesus, A Tale of Two Sons, Twelve Ordinary Men, The Truth War, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, Slave, One Perfect Life, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John's titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJV, NASB, ESV, and NIV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese traditional script. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.


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