Prof. David J. Engelsma



He has earned his A.B. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. B.D. from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI where he studied for three years under Herman Hoeksema. Th.M. from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. His Master's thesis was a 140-page study of the relation between the Trinity and the covenant.

He has been pastor of the Loveland, CO Protestant Reformed Church for 11 years, from 1963 to 1974. Pastor of the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church for 14 years, from 1974 to 1988.

He was appointed to the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, MI in 1988 as professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament studies, which position he held until 2008. He also served as editor of the semi-monthly Reformed magazine, the "Standard Bearer." from 1988-2002. He has authored several books: "Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church"; "Hyper-Calvinism & the Call of the Gospel: An Examination of the 'Well-Meant Offer' of the Gospel"; "Better to Marry: Sex and Marriage in I Corinthians 6 & 7", and "Reformed Education: the Christian School as Demand of the Covenant", among others. All of these books are published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association.

In addition to frequent lecture and preaching tours in North America, Prof. Engelsma has lectured and preached throughout the British Isles on behalf of the British Reformed Fellowship, which is devoted to the spread and defense of the Reformed faith in the United Kingdom. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and is the father of 9 children. 

   He was made emeritus professor at the Synod of 2008.  He continues to teach catechism classes and lecture.  He is also working on additional books on doctrine.


"Pitching His Tent Toward Sodom" (Genesis 13:12b)

"The Exemplary Boldness of the Daughters of Zelophehad" (Numbers 27:1-7)

"The Covenant Home" (Psalm 128)

"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" (Psalm 139:13-16)

"Knowing Christ's Love" (Song of Solomon 2:4)

"The Birth of the Church" (Ezekiel 16:1-6)

"The Marriage of the Church" (Ezekiel 16:8-14)

"The Renewal of Marriage"  (Ezekiel 16:60)

"The Way of Matthew 5" (Matthew 5:23-24)

"Born Again of the Spirit" (John 3:3-8)

"Knowing the Risen Jesus" (John 20:11-18)

"The Promise to Our Children" (Acts 2:39)

"The Baptism of the Believer's House" (Acts 16:30-31)

"The   Hope of Creation for Christ's Coming" (Romans 8:19-22)

"Abounding in the Work of the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58)

"Blessed Guests at the Marriage Supper" (Revelation 19:9)

"The Indispensable Qualification for the Gospel-Ministry" (Seminary graduation address: June 16, 2003)

"O Wretched Man that I Am" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 2)

"As in Adam All Die" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 3)

"God's Way Out" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 5)

"The Incarnation of God the Son" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 14)

"The Suffering of the Cross" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 15)

"The Resurrection of Christ" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 17)

"The Comfort of Christ's Return" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 19 (Q.52)

"The Forgiveness of Sins" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 21, (Q. 56)

"Membership in the Church  of Christ" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 21)

"The Hope of the Believer" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 22)

"Justification by Faith Only" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 23)

"Whence This Faith?" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 25)

"The Basis for Infant Baptism" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 27)

"This is My Body" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 29)

"The Testimony of the Supper to the One Sacrifice of Christ" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 30, Q. 80)

"Graciously Saved to Sin Freely?" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 32)

"The Third Use of the Law" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 34, Q. 92-93)

"The Rule of Life: Right Worship of the One, True God" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 35)

"The Reverent Use of God's Holy Name" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 36)

"Lawful Swearing" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 37)

"Refraining from Murder" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 40)

"Let Us Draw Father" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 46)

"Our Prayer on Behalf of God's Kingdom" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 48)

"Seeking Father's Will" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 49)

"Asking for the Spirit of Holiness" (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 52)