Stephen Keiser is a co-pastor (along with Pastor Kari Hart) at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Philadelphia, where he has served in ministry since 2000. His ministry foci include Christian education; leading the congregation in programs of advocacy and justice; evanglism; and strengthening worship leadership. He shares the congregation’s vision as a community gathered to celebrate God’s welcome and sent to continue the life-giving ministry of Jesus Christ.
He is a graduate of Wheaton College (1981, BA in Philosophy) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1999, M.Div; 2008, STM in Old Testament). Prior to entering seminary, he worked in branch management for fifteen years for Bell Savings Bank and Meridian Bank (now Wells Fargo).
Steve’s involvement with the larger church includes serving on the board of the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at Temple University; serving as an admissions associate for the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; conducting candidacy interviews for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA; serving as a chaplain to the ELCA Region 7 First Call Theological Education program; assisting with development for the Bear Creek Camp.
Rev. Steve Keiser was received onto the ELCA clergy roster in 2011.