Thanks for visiting my page. I am a Professor of Education and chair of the Education Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The past few summers I have written about ministry to children with support from a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

I am the author of, Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: How the Church Can Nurture the Spiritual Development of Kids, published by Baker Books, is now available. You can order it from Amazon. Read what people are saying about the book.

I have also recently edited Shaped by God: Thirteen Essentials for Faith Formation in Children, Teens and Adults, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources. You can order on Amazon or directly from Faith Alive.

This fall I am teaching

EDUC 302-303, Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners

EDUC 309, Teaching Religion Studies in the Elementary School


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Upcoming presentations:

Synod of Southwestern Ontario
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
October 25-26, 2011

Symposium on Worship
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
January 26-28, 2012

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators
Grand Rapids, MI
February 3, 2012

See my vita.

short bio and promotional photo


For six years I was a singer and guitarist in the
The Lazy Blue Tunas.

I also play music with my kids.



Other recent publications
Indonesian translation Helping Our Children Grow in Faith has been translated into Indonesian! My wife, Laura, and I have recently published Celebrating the Milestonses of Faith, published by Faith Alive Resources.
I also have two chapters in The Church of All Ages: Generations Worshiping Together, edited by Howard VanderWell and published by The Alban Institute. Order it here. Laura and I have also written Together We Worship, a curriculum for 4th - 6th grade which is published by Christian Schools International.


Laura and I have also published a number of Christmas plays for Children. Nine of them are available from Faith Alive Christian Resources

Our latest is Child of God


Not Forgotten cover
We also write church school curriculum for the Walk With Me series from Faith Alive Resources. A Christmas unit called Just Like Me, an Easter Unit called He's Alive!, and a five-week summer unit called Follow the Leader were recently released and is available through Faith Alive Christian Resources


My wife and kids have written books too!

Laura Keeley is co author of an Intergenerational curriculum for churches called WE: The Epic Story.

Bethany Keeley-Jonker has written The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks based on her successful Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks.

Bryan Keeley has also written a Devotional Book for Middle School kids based on the Heidelberg Catechism.

My church

I am also the co-author of two math books.
Check out the home page for
Precalculus: A Study of Functions and Their Applications,
published by Brooks/Cole Publishers
Projects for Precalculus
also now published by Brooks/Cole.

I wrote these books with Todd Swanson and the late Janet Andersen, both of Hope College.

Bible Teacher sites

Artists I've been listening to lately:

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 Updated September 27, 2011

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the page author. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by Calvin College.