Faculty & Staff

Dr. Philip Kenneson

Phil Kenneson
The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries; Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; Professor of Theology and Philosophy

Baker Faculty Office Center, 112
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Kenneson holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from Butler University (1981), a master of divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary (1986) and a doctorate in theology and ethics from Duke University (1991). For 26 years, he has had the privilege of teaching Milligan’s capstone course, “Christ and Culture,” to graduating seniors.

He is the author along with James Street,  of Selling Out the Church: The Dangers of Church Marketing (Abingdon Press, 1997); Beyond Sectarianism: Re-Imagining Church and World  (Trinity Press, 1999);   and Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community (1999), which has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.  He serves on the board of The Ekklesia Project, an ecumenical network of scholars, pastors, and lay persons seeking to support discipleship in local congregations.  He also serves as the director of The Ekklesia Project’s Congregational Formation Initiative, for which he has co-authored The Shape of Our Lives and The Shape of God’s Reign (Wipf and Stock, 2008).

Kenneson teaches adult Sunday school at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.  He and his wife Kim are the parents of five children: Chassy, Peter, Andrew, Kathryn, and Sarah Ann.