Professor, School of Divinity

  • PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BA in Health and Society, Brown University

At Cairn, Dr. Keith Plummer teaches on a variety of topics related to pastoral ministry, including pastoral care, pastoral practice, and pastoral counseling and community building.  He also teaches on apologetics, spiritual formation and disciple-making ministries, and ministry in a cultural context.  Biblical courses he teaches include Introduction to the Bible and Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles.

Before teaching at Cairn, Dr. Plummer served as associate pastor at Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church in Wheeling, IL, for 17 years.  Exercising his strong interest in radio and podcasting, he also once conducted a series of interviews with Christian authors–an endeavor he would like to resume again someday.

Academic Specialties & Interests:
Apologetics, Systematic theology, Pastoral counseling

Personal Interests:

  • Loves animals and at one time wanted to be a zoo veterinarian
  • Had a pet cockatiel for 23 years, as well as a ball python named Gary and a Chiweenie (chihuahua/dachshund mix) named Rocky


  • “Loving Well in a Data-Saturated World.” Soul & Spirit e-newsletter. Society for Christian Psychology.
  • “Trayvon Martin and Loving the Truth.” Gospel Coalition Blog.
  • Rethinking Worldview” (book review). Themelios.
  • “Cross Talk” (book review). Themelios.
  • “Veritas? Harvard’s Stem Cell Initiative.” Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity blog.
  • “To Beast or Not to Beast: Does the Law of Christ Prohibit Zoophilia?” National Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (2001).
  • “Selfishness and Self-Esteem.” Moody Magazine.
  • “Three in One.” Moody Magazine.

Teaching at Cairn since 2010

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