Purchase a Pastoral Library

Are you a seminary student, young pastor, or Christian book collector? How would you like to buy a complete pastoral library for just a fraction of what it’s worth?

UPDATE: July 2018

I have sold most of my library. If you are still looking for a great deal on ministry books, consider shopping my store on Amazon.

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The Details

  • 757 books in 28 file boxes
  • Including commentaries on every book of the Bible, study Bibles, theological works, journals, and ministry books.
  • Buy for pennies on the dollar

If you want to grow your pastoral or theological library in one fell swoop, this is the deal for you.

The Backstory

After 10 years in full-time ministry, I am currently working in the online marketing world. Without the weekly demands for writing or preaching, I am finding the burden of these books to be too great and want them to be better used.

Also, in past ministry contexts I lived hours away from the closest seminary or theological library, so I created my own selection of research resources for whenever I needed them. But now that I live a few minutes from a decent theological library, I don’t need all these resources in my library.

Finally, while I was building this library I was also building my Logos and Kindle libraries. I’ve now come to prefer the ebook format over physical and am downsizing the physical library as a result.

The Collection






This library features 757 books, journals, and commentaries covering every aspect of pastoral ministry. Since I come from a slightly reformed background, you’ll find books by many of the popular authors, including Beale, Packer, Piper, Schreiner, Grudem, Calvin, Carson, Keller, Bavinck, Berkhof, Tozer, Owen, and more. Plus, there is a large selection of popular evangelical commentaries. I don’t have time to list out every book, but here are some highlights of the collection:


Collection of systematic, biblical, and specific-topic theological books. Most from a Reformed or Baptist perspective.

Includes books by Wright, Packer, Grudem, von Rad, Brueggemann, Beale, Piper, Berkhof, Tozer, Warfield, Bavinck, Bird

NT Wright’s entire Christian Origins and the Question of God series in paperback (New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, Resurrection of the Son of God, Paul and the Faithfulness of God).

Several volumes of the helpful theological series, including Four Views, Counterpoints, and the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology (NACSBT). There are also some journals from the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) and Bibliotheca Sacra.

Study Bible

  • ESV Study Bible
  • ESV Gospel Transformation Bible
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible


Individual commentaries for every book of the Bible. Includes volumes from top evangelical commentaries, including:

  • New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
  • New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
  • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)
  • Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (TOTC)
  • Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (TNTC)
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary (EBC – whole series)
  • NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)
  • Exploring the Old Testament
  • Preaching the Word
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (ZIBBC – whole series)

Church Ministry

This set includes a large selection of ministry books covering a variety of topics, including:

  • Youth Ministry
  • Preaching
  • Missions
  • Counseling
  • Leadership
  • Church Governance (9Marks books)


This was a working pastoral library, so the books are in various states of wear. Some are practically brand new, while others have writing and markings in the text. Due to the size of the collection I can’t go through each book and determine the condition.

How Much Will It Cost

I’ve thought long and hard about this, as these books reflect a significant investment on my part. I know I can recoup more of the investment by selling the books individually on Amazon, but I don’t have the time or the energy to do that.

I’m willing to entertain offers on this collection. I know what I’m looking to get out of it, which would be pennies on the dollar for what it’s worth. If you are seriously interested in learning more about the collection, fill out the form and we can talk price.

Conditions of the Sale

I’m looking to sell these books before the end of October. That’s because we bought a house and are moving. I know this might be a tight deadline for some, but that is my reality.

Second, I’m not looking to piecemeal this collection out to several people. I’m moving and don’t have the time or capacity to sell individual books. If you buy the collection you can do with it what you want, including selling copies on eBay or Amazon.

Third, you’ll need to pick the books up yourself. For obvious reasons, shipping this entire collection is out of the question. I live near Lancaster, PA, which is a short drive from Philadelphia. The collection will need to be picked up by the end of October.

Finally, payment can be done via Paypal or cash. I’ll need the payment to process on or before you come to pick it up.

Interested? Contact me today

Are you interested in this collection? The best way to find out more or to schedule a visit is to fill out the form below. It will go directly to my inbox and I’ll be in touch within the day. You can also send me a DM on Twitter (@brandonschmidt)

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.