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Dr. J. Mark Beach

Professor of Ministerial and Doctrinal Studies | Dean of Students

With many years in the pastorate, Dr. Beach brings an abundance of practical experience to the classroom. He had two pastorates in Iowa before coming to the Seminary. Dr. Beach earned his Ph.D. in Reformation and Post-Reformation Reformed Theology. He applies these studies to the two academic disciplines in which he principally labors, namely ministerial and doctrinal studies.

Dr. Beach believes that Reformed and Presbyterian churches greatly benefit from exploring and rediscovering the rich heritage of the Reformed tradition. He also believes the church’s proclamation of the gospel must be contemporary, as pastors study the Scriptures and address the challenges and needs of our times in a direct manner. Dr. Beach regularly preaches in area churches. He has written study materials for youths and adults, translated a book on baptism, and is the author of numerous scholarly articles. He has published a major work on Francis Turretin’s theology of the covenant and recently published a book on Calvin’s Institutes. Dr. Beach is the managing editor of and frequent contributor to the Mid-America Journal of Theology.

Degrees

A.B. Dordt College, 1981
M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary, 1984
Th.M. Calvin Theological Seminary, 1994
Ph.D. Calvin Theological Seminary, 2005

Audio Links

2012 Fall Convocation Chapel Service
2012 Spring Chapel Service
2011 Fall Chapel Service
2011 Spring Chapel Service
2010 Fall Chapel Service

Courses

Ministerial and Doctrinal Studies Courses:
DS 133: Theology and Anthropology
PS 112: Church Education
PS 114: Preaching and Public Worship
PS 133: Pastoral Care and Counseling
PS 213: Evangelism and Missions
PS 232: Pastoral Counseling
PP 131: Applied Sermon
PP 231: New Testament Sermon

Electives:
The Worldview Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper
Post-Reformation Federal Theology
Francis Turretin’s Polemical and Pastoral Theology
Karl Barth and Neo-Orthodoxy

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