B.A. Northwestern College

M.Div. Western Theological Seminary

Ph.D. University of Virginia



Keith Starkenburg

Director of the Vita Scholars Program and Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Starkenburg came to WTS from Trinity Christian College, where he was been a faculty member since 2008.  He is a graduate of Northwestern College (Iowa), Western Theological Seminary, and the University of Virginia.

His doctoral work focused on glory and the church in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and his more recent research interests include theological explorations of land, place, resurrection, and belonging.  Keith is ordained in the Reformed Church in America, serves as book review editor of Reformed Journal, has taught high school catechism class at Hope Church (CRC) in Oak Forest, Illinois, and is involved in NAAITS An Indigenous Learning Community (formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies).

God didn’t just come into the world to remake human beings in their religious lives. God came into the world to give life to the whole cosmos and to whole human beings. When Jesus, in and through the gifts of others, fed thousands of people, it was a sign that he himself, in the flesh, is the beginning and end of life and its flourishing. That fundamental reality undergirds all economic and work dynamics, along with everything else you can imagine. Our hope is that students’ pastoral imaginations will be inspired by the gift of Jesus Christ to the whole cosmos.