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David G. R. Keller is an Episcopal priest and retired as an adjunct professor of Ascetical Theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City


David G. R. Keller

I am an Episcopal priest who spent the first 20 years of my ministry living among Athabaskan Indians and Yupik and Inupiat Eskimos in Alaska. I worked alongside Alaskan Native leaders in community development projects and developing spiritual formation and training for local people for lay and ordained ministries in their communities. Later, I was the Director of the Bishop’s School for Ministry Development for the Episcopal Church in Arizona and then Steward of the Episcopal House of Prayer, a contemplative retreat center at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, MN. I have led retreats throughout the USA, Canada, and UK and taught in the Center for Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and at St. John’s School of Theology/Seminary in Collegeville, MN.

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The focus of my teaching and experiences has been the presence of God in the life and mission of Jesus Christ and Jesus’ continued presence in the lives of his followers today. My teaching and retreats emphasize three disciplines for making Christ tangible in our daily lives: a life of personal prayer; biblical study that provides context and meaning to the life of Jesus; and participation in the worship of a Christian community, especially the Eucharist (Holy Communion). These three disciplines are lived in the life of local congregations. The institution is not an end in itself; it is called together by the Spirit to enable God’s presence to be tangible in the daily lives of its members. My teaching includes wisdom and experience from Christianity in Celtic-speaking lands, the monastic spirituality of the Rule of St. Benedict, the wisdom and experiences of the early Christian desert mothers and fathers, and contemplative prayer and meditation in the Christian tradition. My Christian life and vision have been influenced and enlightened by Native American, Hindu, and Zen Buddhist mentors.


I am the author of seven books:

For more information about my writing you may consult my Author’s Page on Amazon

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