About Desiring God


Joy is not optional. It’s essential.

God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him — desiringGod.org exists to help people everywhere understand and embrace this truth. We aim to make the glory of God and the goodness of joy the foundation and flavor of everything we do.

John Piper

John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. Piper continues to speak (check out upcoming events) and write through desiringGod.org. Read Pastor John's full biography....

Our Story & Mission

Desiring God began inauspiciously in 1994 when John Piper, then the 48-year-old pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, handed off the church’s tape ministry to his assistant, Jon Bloom. Learn more about our story....

Celebrating the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him, we exist to produce and distribute resources that spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. See our full mission....