John Piper was born in 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in North Carolina where his father was an itinerant evangelist. He studied literature at Wheaton College (1964-1968) where he met and married his wife Noël. After graduating, he completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in California and it was there that he discovered the work of Jonathan Edwards.
Piper completed a doctorate in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, West Germany in 1974. Upon completion, he taught biblical studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota between 1974-1980. In 1980, John Piper became the Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis Minnesota, where he ministered for almost thirty-three years.
He now serves as lead teacher for Desiring God. He and his wife have been blessed with four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.