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Primary sources Joseph Morecraft III (born October 23, 1944) is an American Calvinist theologian, author, and pastor. Morecraft is a leading figure in the Christian Reconstructionist movement.
Early life and Education
Morecraft was born in Madison, West Virginia and holds a B.A. in history from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, an M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a M.Th. and Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida.
Originally ordained by the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Morecraft pastored churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was the founding pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in 1974 and ministered there for over 40 years.
In the mid-1970s, Morecraft and his congresgation left the PCUSA due to the theological differences.
In 1983, Moorecraft joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States.
In April 2015, Morecraft was removed from Covenant Presbytery, RPCUS. Morecraft then joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church – Hanover Presbytery and became pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Georgia.
Morecraft was a good friend of Congressman Larry McDonald and delivered the eulogy at McDonald's funeral in 1983. In 1986, Morecraft was the Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia's 7th congressional district, losing to Democratic incumbent Buddy Darden. Morecraft served as the chairman of the Constitution Party of Georgia in the early 1990's. 
Dr. Morecraft and his wife Becky have four children (Anne, Joey, John, and Mercy) and ten grandchildren.
Morecraft is the author of several books including;
- Authentic Christianity - a five-volume commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Larger Catechism.
- How God Wants Us to Worship Him: a Defense of the Bible as the Only Standard for Modern Worship
- With Liberty and Justice for All: Christian Politics Made Simple.