Randy Keeler's CV

Randall S. Keeler

Associate Professor of Religion

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Born:    27 May 1958

Married: 1979, to Karen Joan Simmons

Children: Matthew Randall (1984), Philip Richard (1987), Andrew John (1989), Brianna Ruth (1999)

Church Membership: St. John Mennonite, Pandora, Ohio


Fuller Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry Candidate

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, M.Div., 1986

Bluffton College, B.A. 1980

Academic Positions

Bluffton University, Instructor in Youth Ministry, 1991-2003; Assistant Professor of Religion, 2003-present

Quakertown Christian School, Middle School Bible Teacher, 1988-1989

Ecclesial Positions

Bluffton University, Campus Pastor, 1991-2006

St. John Mennonite Church, Elder, 2000-2003

Central District Conference, Nurture Commission, 1993-1999

Franconia Conference, Associate Nurture Secretary, 1989-1991

Eastern District Conference, Youth Minister, 1986-1991

Camp Men-O-Lan, Program Director, 1986-1989

Commission on Education, General Conference Mennonite Church, 1989-1991

Bluffton College, Board of Trustees Member, 1989-1991.

Eastern Pennsylvania Mediation Service, Board Member, 1987-1991

Zion Mennonite Church, Student Pastor, June-August, 1985

Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, Youth Director, 1983-1985

Mennonite Voluntary Service, Boys' Club of Fresno Extension Coordinator, 1981-1983

Publications: Essays in Books

"Young Adults and War: The Burdening of a Generation," in Weathering the Storm: Christian Pacifist Responses to War, Janzen, Susan, ed., Newton, Kansas: Faith and Life Press, 1991.

"Effects of an Anabaptist Approach to Youth Ministry," in the Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective, Biesecker, Gerald, and Epp Weaver, Alain, ed. Telford, PA: Cascadia Publishing House, 2007.

Publications: Articles

"The Challenge of Our Roots," Reaching and Discipling Newsletter 3,4 (Fall, 2006).

"Perspectives on the Bible," With 40, No. 2 (March-April, 2005): 110-11.

"Developmental Theory and Ministry to College Youth," Direction 31, No. 2 (Fall, 2002): 186-193.

Academic Presentations

"Anabaptist Youth Ministry," with Michele Hershberger,

Church Leadership Conference. Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas, Oct. 26-29, 2006.

"A Theological Critique of Mennonite Youth Ministry in the Last 120 Years,"

Youth Ministry Symposium, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, March 2006.

"Considerations for an Anabaptist Understanding of Youth Ministry,"

Bluffton University Colloquium Presentation, Bluffton, Ohio, March, 2006.

"Effects of an Anabaptist Theology on Youth Ministry,"

Association of Youth Ministry Educators Conference, Rochester, Minnesota, October, 2005.

"Peer Spiritual Mentoring as a Vehicle for Ministry Discernment by University Students,"

Culture of Call Conference, Goshen College, October, 2005.

"A Peaceable Pedagogy for the Training of Youth Ministry Professionals,"

Teaching Peace Conference, Bluffton College, May, 2004.

"The Spiritual Development of Young Adults,"

School For Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, January, 2002.

Congregational and Wider Church Presentations

Sermon, Trenton Mennonite Church, Trenton, Ohio, April 15, 2007.

Sermon, "Don't Get Too Comfortable." Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, Ohio, February 11, 2007.

Sermon, "Fixated on Jesus." Holly Grove Mennonite Church, Westover, Maryland, Jan. 28, 2007.

Sermon, "Rick it, Confess it, Go for it!" Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, July 30, 2006.

Sermon, St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, Ohio, June 25, 2006

"Open Conversation Regarding Youth Ministry," with Breanda Sawatzky

Paetkau, Central District conference meeting. Bluffton University. June 23, 2006.

Sermon, "Proclaiming Truth," West Clinton Mennonite Church, Waueson, Ohio, April 2, 2006.

Sermons, "God revealed...through Creation and Jesus" and "God Revealed...through Our Lives." St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, Ohio. February 19 and 26, 2006

"Fanning the Flame" and "The Changing Face of Adolescence," Fall Youth Leadership Retreat. Spruce Lake Retreat Center, Canadensis, PA, Nov. 18-20, 2005.

"Encountering Christ," Fall high school retreat. Camp Luz, Kidron Ohio, Nov. 11-13, 2005.

Sermon, Lima Mennonite Church, Lima, Ohio, July 17, 2005.

Bluffton University Institutional Service

Cross-cultural Education Committee, 2006-present.

Chapel presentation, "The Kingdom of God is Here...and Available!" September 13, 2007.

Wellness component general education task force, 2006-2007

Strategic Planning Task Force, Church and Community Workgroup, 2005-2006