The Very Rev. Christoph Keller III is dean and rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, AR.
The Very Rev. Christoph Keller, III is an Episcopal priest and theologian, currently serving as Dean and Rector of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. A 1977 graduate (B.A., magna cum laude) of Amherst College, and 1982 graduate (M. Div.) of the Episcopal Divinity School, he served for sixteen years in parish ministry and as Canon Missioner of the Diocese of Arkansas. In 1991, he started St. Margaret's Church in Little Rock, initially conducting services in a bargain movie theater. In 1999, he moved with his family to New York to pursue advanced study in theology. He holds a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in Anglican Studies (2009) from General Theological Seminary. His field was systematic theology, with a focus in theology and science. His dissertation, "Darwin's Science in Chalcedonian Imagination: Barth, Double Agency and Theistic Evolution," explores and affirms compatibility between Christian faith and evolution. Most recently, he served as Director of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret's, lecturing regularly especially on topics pertaining to religion and science.
Dr. Keller is the founder of SUMMA: A Student Theological Debate Society, a program that offers high school students tools for reasoning and knowledge in depth of the Christian theological tradition. Begun as a pilot project in Little Rock, the program is now expanding nationally through the Beecken Center of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Dr. Keller continues involvement as a Senior Fellow of the Beecken Center, in which capacity he serves as the principal lecturer in both theology and debate for the SUMMA program.
He is an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow and an honorary Canon of the Diocese of Arkansas. He serves on the boards of General Theological Seminary, Deltic Timber Corporation, Murphy USA, and Episcopal Collegiate School.
He and his wife Julie have two grown children.
At an anxious moment for the city, the Lord gives the king a sign that he is master of the situation. Isaiah makes four predictions: Of a certain woman, that she is pregnant; of her child, that it will be a boy; that his name will be Immanuel; and, crucial to the king, that before this boy knows please from thank you, the enemies who have made the city anxious will have withdrawn. And it was so.Read full transcript...
In the summer of 1979, I left Harvard for the priesthood. I was twenty-four years old, newly married, and had been a first-year graduate student working towards a Ph.D. in American History. I was a restless student, less interested in history than I had thought I'd be. Something else was pulling me.Read full transcript...