Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry for 30 years. Following graduation from The London School of Theology he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. For the last 22 years he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Cedarville University. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 30 years and have grown children. He made his unexpected acting debut in Bobby Jones. Begg played Maiden, Bobby Jones's Scottish golf instructor.
Parkside Church is a non-denominational body of believers located in a southeast suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The mission of Parkside Church is to see unbelieving people become committed followers of Jesus Christ. Psalm 138:2 says "…for you have exalted above all things your name and your word," as a result the Word of God is central at both the church and on Truth For Life.
Parkside Church had its origins in 1968 when a small group of businessmen came together for weekly prayer meetings on Cleveland's east side. Attendance grew, along with a conviction to consider the formation of a local church.
Parkside Church, originally known as the Chapel, formally became a church in 1972.
The church continued to grow and in 1983 after the original pastor was called to the mission field and interim pastors filled the role for three years, Alistair Begg accepted the call to be the senior pastor and arrived with his wife and children from Scotland.