Professor of Ministerial and Doctrinal Studies | Dean of Students
B.A. Dordt College, 1981
M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary, 1984
Th.M. Calvin Theological Seminary, 1994
Ph.D. Calvin Theological Seminary, 2005
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.