Remembering Luke Keefer, Jr. (1940-2010)

The Brethren in Christ Church lost a dedicated leader and thoughtful scholar with the passing of Dr. Luke L. Keefer, Jr., on December 10.

Read his obituary.

the search for piety and obedience mourns the death of this great historian and devoted church leader.

About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah University.
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10 Responses to Remembering Luke Keefer, Jr. (1940-2010)

  1. R. Aubrey Hawton says:

    I don’t recall ever having had the privilege of meeting Dr. Keefer in person, but I’m sure our paths crossed at some point.

    Most recently (about 4 months ago), I did speak with him by telephone as part of my research into the CALVARY HOLINESS CHURCH in Philadelphia and in Apple Creek, Ohio. He demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and a great willingness to be of assistance.

    I know he’ll be greatly missed.

  2. Amy Starr says:

    Thanks for posting this – Greg and I were privileged to have been good friends with Luke and Doris, and we will miss him so much!

  3. gish says:

    What a big hole Luke’s passing leaves. It was my privilege to co-ordinate the tributes at the Free Grace funeral service. The one that spoke most to me was Luke’s youngest son, Brian, who testified to the good work ethic his father modelled for him and for his non-judgmentalism.

  4. Karen D. says:

    My husband and I have been friends with Luke and his family for 40 years. We had him as a professor during our Junior year at the Messiah/Temple campus. Due to the small size of the group there, we got to know him as a friend as well.
    Then just a few years after college, when he and Doris were looking for a house, we had them check the one across from ours on Holly Street in Harrisburg. They bought that house, and thus began our years of close friendship. Countless evenings of playing games, deep conversations and homemade icecream gave us something to do when none of us could afford anything else.
    In following years, after several moves, our families visited back and forth, even when distance was involved. Luke and Doris both always showed the great gift of hospitality.
    Dan and I feel fortunate to have had Luke as teacher for one of our BIC Core Courses. I think I always felt that the Brethren in Christ were on firmer ground when Luke was involved on boards or with teaching and writing for the denomination. As he came closer to retirement, there was talk of coming over to India to do some teaching with our leaders here.
    I know that thousands of people are mourning Luke’s passing. He will be missed in so many ways. We were blessed to have known him.

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  6. Molly Regina Ndlovu says:

    It’s sad to know of the passing on of Luke Keefer, Jr. so late. I am one of the pupils taught by his father, late Rev. Luke Keefer in Zimbabwe. My name is Mrs Molly Regina Ndlovu (nee Hove).
    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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