Christians all over the world are indebted to the ministry of Tim Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. A gifted preacher, insightful apologist, tireless encourager of others, Keller was called home by his Lord on Friday 19 May 2023.
We at Moore College are saddened by his loss but deeply grateful for his ministry. Tim Keller modelled careful, intelligent engagement with those caught up in the confusion of what some have labelled the “post-Christian age”. He understood their questions, commitments and concerns and with consummate skill demonstrated how the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ provided better answers than those they had embraced.
Tim was keen to see the gospel lived out with a concern for justice and compassion. As a result, the ministries he started during his 28 year service at Redeemer Presbyterian covered a wide range of activities. Very significantly, he was one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and helped to draft its foundation documents. His was a powerful and influential voice in the contemporary religious landscape.
We are thankful to Tim for his faithfulness and to our God for calling him and providing him with opportunities to use his extraordinary gifts for the benefit of others all around the world. Many have been profoundly shaped as they have read his books, listened to his sermons in person or online, or been practically helped by one of the ministries for which he was ultimately responsible.
We pray especially at this time for his wife Kathy and their three sons as they grieve their husband and father in the knowledge that the man they loved was loved by many others throughout the world and most of all by his God and Saviour.
Here are two articles paying tribute to Tim Keller from those who knew him well:
- Don Carson pays tribute to Tim Keller (by Don Carson)
- I met my hero, Tim Keller (by Collin Hansen)