Keith Starkenburg

Trinity Christian College

Professor / Writer / Theologian

About

Keith Starkenburg, professor of theology, is drawn to thinking about the forces that form Christian communities. Perhaps it was his upbringing on the edge of the west, Rapid City, SD, a place fluid with a diversity of racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. It could be his engagement with the various families of Reformed Christianity. Or, his years spent in a vibrant University community where students and professors brought their varied faith commitments to bear on their academic life. Wherever it began, Starkenburg has an affection for the heart of Christian communities, the boundaries that Christian communities cross, and the borders they share with other communities. That affection is rooted in his belief that ”experiences with people of backgrounds other than my own (non-Dutch, non-Reformed, non-American) help me enter God’s love.”

Curriculum Vitae

Education

University of Virginia

Ph.D in Religious Studies (Philosophical Theology), 2011

University of Virginia

2000-2004.
M.A. in Religious Studies (Philosophical Theology), 2008

Western Theological Seminary

M.Div., 2002

Northwestern College

B.A. in Humanities, 1996

Employment

Professor of Theology

Trinity Christian College, 2016-Present

Associate Professor of Theology

Trinity Christian College, 2012-2016

Assistant Professor of Theology

Trinity Christian College, 2008-2012

Recent Teaching

  • Religion in America
  • Augustine and Aquinas
  • Major World Religions
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Biblical Foundations: The Old Testament and the Gospels
  • The Pentateuch
  • Theology of the Church
  • The New Testament Church and Christian Traditions
  • Christian Systematic Theology
  • Barth and Bonhoeffer
  • Theology Capstone
  • Theology, Race and Place

Professional Societies and Academic Service

  • Book Review Editor, Reformed Journal (formerly Perspectives), 2016-Present
  • Chair, Ethnic Diversity Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2018-Present
  • Member, General Education Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2016-2018
  • Member, Ethnic Diversity Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2015-2016
  • Chair (two years) and Member, Program Review Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2012-2016
  • Member, Vision, Direction and Priorities committee, Trinity Christian College, 2014-2015
  • Member, Political Science Department Faculty Search Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2014
  • Participant, Leadership and Christian Formation in the Early Church Seminar, Calvin College, 2014.
  • Peer Reviewer, Political Theology, June 2013; Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 2013.
  • Member, Board of Editors, Perspectives, 2012-Present
  • Member, Public Schools Admissions Task Force, Trinity Christian College, 2013
  • Member, Theology Department Faculty Search Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2013
  • Chair, General Education Learning Outcome Task Force, Trinity Christian College, 2012
  • Chair, Communication Studies Faculty Search Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2012
  • Member, Adult Studies Faculty Search Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2011
  • Member, Adult Studies Faculty Search Committee, Trinity Christian College, 2010
  • Interim Co-Chair, Theology Department, Trinity Christian College, 2009-2010
  • Coordinator, Christian Theology Graduate Colloquium, University of Virginia, 2007-2008
  • Participant, Liturgical Identities Seminar, Calvin College, 2007
  • Co-Convener, Graduate Scriptural Reasoning Group, University of Virginia, 2006-2008
  • Research Assistant, Charles Mathewes, Dept of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2003-2004
  • Student Member, Faculty Search Committee, Western Theological Seminary, 2000-2001
  • Facilitator, Engaging the Liberal Arts (college immersion program for high school students), Northwestern College, IA, 1997

Church Service

  • Interim Chaplain, Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI, 2001     
  • Outreach Intern, Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999