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Tim Keller

Tim Keller is Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, NY

Sorted by Year: 1976

Keller was raised in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and holds degrees from Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his D.Min.  Pastor Tim became a Christian at Bucknell owing to the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with which he later served as a staff member.  He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years, while also serving as director of church planting for the PCA.  He also served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife Kathy were involved in urban ministry, and he continues as an adjunct professor of practical theology.  Keller lives on Roosevelt Island in New York City with his wife and their three sons David, Michael, and Jonathan.

In 1989, Keller was asked by the PCA to start Redeemer despite his relative lack of experience.  The church grew from 50 people to its current attendance of nearly 5000.  His target audience consists mainly of urban professionals, whom he believes exhibit disproportionate influence over the culture and its ideas.  Redeemer started a church-planting center in 2001 and has helped start over 100 churches of various denominations in the New York City area and around the world.  Redeemer, according to Christianity Today, is “one of Manhattan’s most vital congregations” and, according to a 2006 survey of 2000 American church leaders, is the sixteenth most influential church in America.