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John Calvin

Presbyterian and Reformed churches have their historical roots in the thought of John Calvin, a Christian pastor and theologian who became one of the prominent leaders of the Protestant Reformation.

John Calvin was born in Noyon, France, in 1509 and died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1564. He trained for the Catholic priesthood at the University of Paris and later as a lawyer, but he eventually converted to the Reformation movement and became a theologian and minister.

Calvin wrote a great deal during his career, including Bible commentaries and the Institutes of the Christian Religion, a work of systematic theology.