Remembering Tim Keller: A Tribute to the Influential Evangelical Pastor and Author at 72
According to Christian Post, Tim Keller, a renowned Evangelical Pastor, Theologian, and Author based in New York City, has passed away after a long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The popular pastor died at the age of 72.
Announcing Tim Keller’s Passing
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, a congregation that Keller helped found, sent a statement to its members to inform them of his passing in the morning last Friday. Part of the message that the Redeemer shared states, “We are forever grateful for his leadership, heart, and dedication to sharing the love of Christ with others. While we will miss his presence here, we know he is rejoicing with his Savior in heaven.” Click here to read the full statement.
Michael Keller, son of the popular evangelical pastor and author, also shared a public statement via Facebook. Part of the statement reads thus, “Timothy J. Keller, husband, father, grandfather, mentor, friend, pastor, and scholar died this morning at home. Dad waited until he was alone with Mom. She kissed him on the forehead and he breathed his last breath. We take comfort in some of his last words, ‘There is no downside for me leaving, not in the slightest.’ See you soon Dad.”
Tim Keller’s Lifetime, Legacy, and Achievements
Keller was born in 1950 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned degrees from Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. The late theologian served as a pastor, associate professor, and director of Mercy Ministries before founding Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York City in 1989. This congregation eventually grew to have about 5,000 average weekly worship attendees.
In addition to his pastoral work, Keller was also an accomplished author. He wrote multiple books including the 2008 bestseller “The Reason for God,” which tackled tough questions such as why God allows suffering and sends the unsaved to Hell.
Tim Keller’s legacy will continue to live on through his contributions to the Evangelical community and his dedication to sharing the love of Christ with others.
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