Joel Belz

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Joel Belz
Born1941 (age 76–77)
ResidenceNorth Carolina
EducationM.A. Communication
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
Known forFounding World magazine
Spouse(s)Carol Esther Belz

Joel Belz (born 1941) is the founder of God's World Publications in 1977, which includes the World Journalism Institute started in 1999 and WORLD magazine, a biweekly Christian newsmagazine, in 1986.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Belz was raised in the grain and lumber business, but learned the importance of the print media when his parents opened up a printing business out of their home. In 1946 his father entered the Presbyterian ministry and in 1951 his parents opened Cono Christian School.[4] He earned a BA in English from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA in 1962 and an MA in communications from the University of Iowa in 1971. He is a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.[5] Belz and his wife, Carol Esther, have five children and sixteen grandchildren. They live in North Carolina.

In November 2009, Belz signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
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  4. ^ Cono History
  5. ^ Joel Belz elected moderator of 31st PCA General Assembly - 6/11/03 Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience Archived 2013-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.

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