Kooistra is a Presbyterian minister and the past coordinator of Mission to the World, the missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), which has become the largest Presbyterian missions agency in history under his tenure, with more than 600 career and several hundred short-term missionaries abroad. He was elected moderator of the 2008-2009 General Assembly of the PCA.
He served as a pastor and professor at Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and president of Covenant Theological Seminary (the official seminary of the PCA).
Kooistra has written devotional booklets Thirty-One Days of Grace, Supper's Ready and Pursuit of Joy.
- "Erskine Board Calls Paul Kooistra as President". The Aquila Report. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "TE Paul Kooistra Elected Moderator of 36th PCA General Assembly". The Aquila Report. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
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