The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III (Th.D. 2009), member of the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary, was installed as Dean and Rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 6, 2015. The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President of General preached at the service.
Throughout his life and ministry, Keller has blended scholarly pursuits with innovative leadership. A 1977 graduate of Amherst College, he received his M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and served for 16 years in parish ministry and as Canon Missioner of the Diocese of Arkansas. In 1999 he moved with his family to New York to pursue advanced study in theology and received his Th.D. in Anglican Studies from General in 2009. Keller’s field was systematic theology, focusing on 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.
Keller is a founder of SUMMA: A Student Theological Debate Society, conceived to offer high school students intellectual tools for in-depth reasoning and knowledge of the Christian theological tradition. He is an Episcopal Church Foundation fellow, and an honorary Canon of the Diocese of Arkansas. As well as his service on General’s Board of Trustees, he also serves on the boards of Deltic Timber, MurphyUSA, and Episcopal Collegiate School.
A long and meaningful connection to Trinity Cathedral was begun in 1967 when Dr. Keller’s family joined the Cathedral parish upon the election of his father, Christoph Keller, Jr. (Class of 1956) as Bishop of Arkansas. The Christoph Keller, Jr., Library at The General Theological Seminary stands as a testament to the Keller family’s faith and service to the Church.