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Kelly Kapic

Kelly Kapic

Professor of Theological Studies

Biblical & Theological Studies

On faculty since 2001

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On faculty since 2001





PhD, Systematic and Historical Theology, King's College, University of London, 2001

MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary, 1998

BA, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1995


Professional Interests

I strongly believe that theology is not simply for academics, but for all of God's people. It is meant to be a liberating joy, not a deadening burden. In my opinion, theology matters to all Christians because it is ultimately about worship. We engage in theological reflection because we are concerned that our worship would faithfully be directed to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has given us his Spirit. Thus, good theology is central to what we do at Covenant College.


My long-term professional goals have included both teaching and writing. Through teaching I enthusiastically aim to equip future Church leaders, missionaries, professionals, and other lay-people to serve Christ in the church and world. Through research and writing I hope to provide accessible scholarship which is theologically rich, textured with the past, relevant to the present and helpful for the future. This includes writing in the areas of systematic, historical, and practical theology.


As background, I have poured many years of my life into studying the theology of John Owen (1616-1683), believing that time spent working through his thought would provide not just important historical background, but also a theological grounding from one of the greatest theologians Britain ever produced. I have not been disappointed.


While most of my early publications focused on Owen's theology, much of my ongoing research and writing is more constructive in nature. I have a great interest in contemporary theology, with a special concern to see connections between Christology, the Trinity, and anthropology. I am also deeply driven by pastoral theology.


Besides teaching, I am probably most excited about producing writings aimed at a broader audience than merely academics. My strong desire is that these contributions might be both theologically nuanced and pastorally sensitive. I am driven by the core conviction that we don’t need to choose between orthodoxy theology and compassionate concern—we can and should aim for both.


I also have received several grants that have allowed me to work with psychologists, philosophers, and others. Our goal has been to engage in meaningful interdisciplinary work. This has included, for example, studies on “grace” and also on “suffering and meaning-making” funded by the Templeton Foundation.


Covenant Activities

  • Member, advisor, and previous Chairperson of the Chapel Committee (2001-2006)
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee (2006-2010)
  • Faculty Sponsor and Advisor of student-led Augustine's Forum (2001-2005)
  • Biblical and Theological Studies Department Secretary (2003-2010)
  • Athletic Committee (2011-2014)
  • Member and occasional chair of the Core Oversight Committee (2015-2021)


Select Books


Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays*


*Book Reviews have not been included in above list. Journals for which I have written reviews include The Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford), Theology Today, Church History, Religious Studies Review, Journal of Reformed Theology, Christian Scholars Review, Westminster Theological Journal, Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Themelios, Presbyterion, etc.


*I serve as a contributing editor for the journal Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture (2003-present) and on the Board of Editorial Consultants for the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (2015-present).


*I have also served as a peer reviewer on academic articles and book manuscripts for various journals and publishers, from Cambridge University Press to Baker Academic. 


*Additionally, I have served in Australia, America, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as an outside examiner for PhD students, reviewing their dissertations.


*Academic Presentations have not been included in the above list.  I have given presentations at universities in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Cambridge, London, Birmingham (UK), Edinburgh, Australia, and throughout the United States.  Public lectures given have taken place in various situations, from giving plenary addresses to speaking at Churches, from involvement in small colloquiums of scholars to speaking at a hospital conference on suffering. I have also been heavily involved in interdisciplinary research, especially with psychologists, sociologists, and historians.




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