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 Summer Quarter 2014
"The People of God Set Priorities"

Jack Keller and Stan Purdum

Jack A. Keller, Jr. grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he acquired an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors and the delights of backpacking and boating. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, he earned theological degrees at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

A 25-year veteran of religious publishing, Jack began his career as an editor and planner of youth and adult curriculum resources. He then moved to editorial and administrative responsibilities for book publishing for laity, pastors, scholars, and students. Among other things, he served as the project director for the 12-volume New Interpreters Bible commentary series.

Jack is the pastor of Inglewood United Methodist Church in Nashville. He and his wife, the Reverend Cherie Parker, are the proud parents of two young adult children.


Stan Purdum has a varied career, which includes working as a carpenter, teacher, camp manager, minister, bicycle mechanic, drama director, journalist, writer, and editor. He has written and published a wide variety of religious and secular material, including books; Sunday school curriculum; short stories; a how-to guide for newsletter editors; and a weekly column on family humor in The Bellevue Gazette, a daily newspaper in Bellevue, Ohio.

Stan served as a full-time parish minister in Ohio for a number of years and retired recently after serving part-time as a pastor. He also works as a freelance writer and editor. He holds an education degree from Youngstown State University, a master of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a doctorate in ministry from Drew University.

Long an avid bicycle tourist, Stan has ridden several long-distance bike trips, including a cross-nation ride recounted in his book Roll Around Heaven All Day and a trek that covered the entire length of US Route 62, from Niagara Falls, New York, to El Paso, Texasthe subject of his book Playing in Traffic. Stan is also the author of New Mercies I See, which is a collection of stories about Gods grace, and He Walked in Galilee, a study book on the ministry of Jesus. He writes regularly for Adult Bible Studies and Daily Bible Study.

Stan and his wife, Jeanine, live in North Canton, Ohio. They have three grown children.