Jean-Paul Rempp was born in Strasbourg, France, and became an evangelical Christian through a Billy Graham tract in 1969. In his early ministry, Jean-Paul worked among students in Paris with Operation Mobilization and the French IFES (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires). After studying at the Evangelical Seminary of Vaux-sur-Seine near Paris, he worked on evangelical confessions of faith at the Sorbonne. In 1982, he was sent to plant a church in the center of Lyon, the second largest urban area in France, of which he is still the pastor. Jean-Paul has served in several leadership positions, including as the national co-president of Global Mission with Billy Graham; the coordinator of the National Consultation on Evangelism, which took place in Lyon in 2005 (the French version of Amsterdam 2000); director of ProChrist France; and a developer of ongoing training courses for church leaders on the National Committee of the Institut de Théologie Evangélique Appliquée (ITEA).
He is also involved with the Catholic-evangelical conversations as the main co-writer of the document ‘Glances on Evangelical Protestantism in France’, which introduces French Catholics to who evangelicals are and what they believe.
He has been the European coordinator for the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) for eight years and the Lausanne regional director for Europe for five years. Jean-Paul is currently developing an apologetics ministry directed toward nominal Catholics, Muslims, Jewish people, Buddhists, atheists, and secularized people.
Jean-Paul has been married to Nelly for 34 years and they have four adult children.