Christian author and pastor Dr. Tim Keller passed away after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. The news was shared via an email from Redeemer Churches and Ministries, the network he started. Keller was widely respected for his leadership, heart, and dedication to spreading the love of Christ. He and his wife, Kathy, founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989 and served as pastors for almost 30 years. Keller’s pragmatic approach to scriptures, which resonated with young skeptical professionals, earned him the nickname “C.S. Lewis” of this generation.
Keller’s impact extended beyond his church. He co-founded The Gospel Coalition and authored several best-selling books. He had a remarkable ability to communicate the core ideas of the Gospel and connect with skeptical readers or those who had been hurt by Christianity. His message brought the gospel to millions of people, influencing a generation for Christ.
In the days leading up to his passing, Keller’s son, Michael, requested prayers for his father’s peaceful transition. Keller himself expressed his readiness to be with Jesus and looked forward to eternal glory. Tributes poured in from thousands of people on social media, acknowledging Keller’s profound influence and expressing gratitude for his contributions.
Keller had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since May 2020. Although his initial treatment was successful, new tumors developed, necessitating further therapy. He underwent immunotherapy to target a different genetic marker of the cancer. Keller’s wife, Kathy, regularly requested prayers for his recovery and thanked everyone for their support.
Throughout their journey, Keller and his family relied on prayer. They sought God’s presence, freedom from sin, and dependence on His Word in the face of each obstacle. Keller emphasized the significance of continued prayers for the effectiveness of his treatment and minimal side effects.
During Keller’s final hours, he expressed gratitude for the prayers and love from his family and supporters. His son conveyed Keller’s readiness to meet Jesus and his eagerness to go home.
He said, “I’m thankful for all the people who’ve prayed for me over the years. I’m thankful for my family, that loves me. I’m thankful for the time God has given me, but I’m ready to see Jesus. I can’t wait to see Jesus. Send me home.”
Prior to pancreatic cancer, Keller had overcome thyroid cancer in 2002. He is survived by his wife, three sons, a sister, and seven grandchildren. The Keller family appreciates the ongoing prayers and support during this challenging time.
A worship service followed by a memorial will be held in New York City to honor Keller’s life in the coming weeks.