The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 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.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III

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Christoph Keller III: Water into Wine

Tuesday January 15, 2019
In his sermon on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Dean Chris Keller says that in Christ we see how right Dr. King and Abraham Lincoln were. This is a moral universe. In Christ that sacred truth was made outwardly explicit. He taught and lived the law that perfectly aligns with the just purposes of God. In that alignment miracles occurred.

Christoph Keller: Nothing to Dread

Tuesday December 13, 2016
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Dr. Chris Keller shares that the prophet Isaiah’s pronouncements are realized in Matthew’s gospel: 700 years before the fact, Isaiah had predicted Christmas. And Christmas speaks to a whole world’s anxiety.


Tuesday March 31, 2015
In his sermon for Easter Day, Dr. Chris Keller helps us wrestle with two key questions concerning the faith: what is the resurrection, and why do I believe?

God Is Dead

Tuesday March 24, 2015
In his sermon for Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday, Dr. Chris Keller reveals that without the evil of the cross, on which God the Son died, great good would have been prevented--and that is a great paradox that gives Christian faith its almost indestructible resilience.