John Calvin was born in a lower class family, but happily his father educated him very well as a lawyer, which raised his position. John Calvin wanted to work at the Church, although his father persuaded him to be a lawyer. John Calvin learned Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. He also published his first book when he was 22 years old.
Calvin was convinced to Christianity, and quoted, "God drew me from obscure and lowly beginnings and conferred on me that most beautiful office of herald and minister of the Gospel." At this time, Martin Luther's ideas had spread, and so John Calvin wanted to join him. But because persecution had arisen, he hid to Basel. When Calvin was at Basel, he wrote, "The Institutes of the Christian Religion", otherwise known as, "Calvin's Institutes" in 1536.
John Calvin and his friends went to Strasbourg, where they intended to build their ministry. They stopped at Geneva along the way to rest, but during their rest, Calvin thought that God had led him to stay there as pastor. It was Calvin's job to rejuvenate the Church, and when he preached, he preached about points he had found in the New Testaments, such as that it was the Pastors' duty to administer the word and sacraments, that doctors and teachers did the education, that the elders would watch over the daily life of the people, and that the deacons ran the social welfare.
During John Calvin's stay in Geneva, he helped Martin Bucer, who lived in Strasburg. This definitely did not help his health, though, for he preached every day, and was ill for most of his life. John Calvin did not rest very much because he really wanted to be productive. Calvin died in Geneva, May 1564.