Prominent pastor, theologian and author John Piper has stepped down from his pulpit at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and plans a move to Knoxville, Tennessee in the spring of this year to work on his writing. He told a local media outlet that they will remain in this location for a year, then return to their home in Minnesota.
Piper has been called one of the most influential living preachers, a list including Billy Graham, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado. He delivered his final sermon at Bethlehem Baptist in early January after 32 years of preaching there. The new preaching pastor, Jason Meyer, will begin work at Bethlehem on January 20.