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Kelly M. Kapic

Kelly Kapic

Professor of Theological Studies
On faculty since 2001





PhD, Systematic and Historical Theology, King's College, University of London, 2001

MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary, 1998

BA, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1995


Professional Interests

My long term professional goals include both teaching and writing. Through teaching I aim to enthusiastically equip future Church leaders, missionaries, professionals, and other lay-people to serve Christ in the church and world. Through research and writing I hope to provide accessible scholarship which is theologically rich, textured with the past, relevant to the present and helpful for the future. This includes writing in the areas of systematic, historical, and practical theology.

As background, I have poured many years of my life into studying the theology of the Puritan John Owen, believing that time spent working through his thought would provide not just important historical background, but also a theological grounding from one of the greatest theologians Britain ever produced. I have not been disappointed.

While most of my early publications have focused on Owen's theology, most of my planned future writings are more constructively theological in orientation. I have a great interest in contemporary theology, an ongoing interest in the connection between Christology, the Trinity, and anthropology, and a growing desire to produce other writings aimed more directly at the laity.

Theology is not simply for academics, but for all of God's people. It is meant to be a liberating joy, not a deadening burden. In my opinion, theology matters to all Christians because it is ultimately about worship. We engage in theological reflection because we are concerned that our worship would faithfully be directed to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has given us his Spirit.

Covenant Activities

  • Member, advisor, and previous Chairperson of the Chapel Committee (2001-2006)
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee (2006-2010)
  • Faculty Sponsor and Advisor of student-led Augustine's Forum (2001-2005)
  • Biblical and Theological Studies Department Secretary (2003-2010)
  • Athletic Committee (2011-)


Selected Publications



Select Articles and Essays

  • Kapic, Kelly M., “Theological Anthropology,” in Christian Dogmatics, edited by Michael Allen and Scott Swain (London: T & T Clark/Continuum. Forthcoming 2015). 
  • ________, “John Owen on the Atonement,” in Companion to the Atonement (London: T & T Clark, forthcoming).
  • ________, Worship as Human Creatures, short EBook, to be published by CCT, with Evan Rosa as managing editor and layout designer.  Forthcoming.
  • ________, “Systematic Theology and Spiritual Formation: Encouraging Faithful Participation Among God’s People,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (Fall 2014), Vol. 7, No. 2, 191-202.
  • Kelly M. Kapic and Matthew S. Vos, “Those Who Mourn,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Vol. 10:1, (2014), 89-94.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, “Faith, Hope, and Love: A Theological Meditation on Suffering and Sanctification,” in Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice, Kelly M. Kapic, ed. (Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2014).
  • ________, “Spirit-Formed Communities,” in Modern Reformation, Vol. 23, Num. 5, (Sept./Oct. 2014), 40-45.
  • ________, “Commentary on Isaiah,” in The Gospel Application Bible, edited by Bryan Chapell (Downers Grove: Crossway, 2013).
  • ________, “Atonement,” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology: New Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, submitted, forthcoming).
  • ________, “How Then Should We Love?” Tabletalk vol. 37: No. 10 (Oct. 2013), 64-65.
  • ________, “The Spirit as Gift: Explorations in John Owen’s Pneumatology,” in Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen, edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Mark Jones (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), 113-140.
  • ________, "Typology, the Messiah, and John Owen’s Theological Reading of Hebrews," in Christology and Hermeneutics: Hebrews as an Interdisciplinary Case Study, edited by Dan Treier and Jon Laansma (London: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2012), 136-155.
  • ________, “Anthropology,” in Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction, edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Bruce McCormack (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2012), 121-148.
  • ________, “Psalm 22: Forsakenness and the God who Sings,” in Theological Commentary, edited by Michael Allen (London: T & T Clark, 2011), 41-56.
  • ________, “Forum on Reading the Puritans,” SBTJ (Winter, 2010), vol. 14: No. 2, 106-108.
  • ________, “‘Evangelical Holiness’: Assumptions in John Owen’s Theology of Christian Spirituality,” in Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective, edited by Jeffrey P. Greenman and George Kalantzis (Downers Grove: IVP, 2010), 97-114.
  • ________, “Review # 3.  Knowing the Triune Creator: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today” in Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (2009), Vol. 2, No. 2, 245–285, my essay is pp. 256-264.  Willard’s response to my essay is primarily found on pp. 275-277.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, response to Tim Cooper, “State of the Field: ‘John Owen Unleashed: Almost,’” Conversations in Religion and Theology, 6:2 (2008), 226-257, my response is on 250-257.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, “Worshiping the Triune God: The Shape of John Owen’s Trinitarian Spirituality,” in Communion with the Triune God: A Classic work by John Owen, edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007), 17-46. 
  • ________, “Sinlessness of Christ,” “Canons of Dort,” “Cotton Mather,” “Increase Mather,” and “John Owen,” in New (International) Dictionary of Theology, rev. ed. (Downers Grove: IVP), s.v.
  • ________, “John Owen (1616-1683),” in Historical Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, ed. Donald McKim (Downers Grove: IVP, 2007), 795-799.
  • Kelly M. Kapic and Wesley Vander Lugt, “The Ascension of Jesus and the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Patristic Perspective: A Theological Reading,” Evangelical Quarterly (LXXIX, 1 Jan. 2007), 23-33.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, “Life in the Midst of Battle: John Owen’s Approach to Sin, Temptation, and the Christian Life,” in Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, ed. (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006), 23-35.
  • Kelly M. Kapic and Randall C. Gleason, “A Brief History of English Puritanism,” in Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Puritan Reprints, Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson (Reformation Heritage Books: Grand Rapids, 2006), 3-9.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, “Are We There Yet: An Exploration of Romans 8,” Modern Reformation, Vol. 15, Num. 4, (July/Aug 2006), 22-27.
  • ________, “Receiving Christ’s Priestly Benediction: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Exploration of Luke 24:50-53,” Westminster Theological Journal, 67:2 (Fall 2005), 247-60.
  • ________, “Trajectories of a Trinitarian Eschatology,” in Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology, ed. Paul Metzger (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2005), pp. 189-202.
  • Kelly M. Kapic and Randall Gleason, “Who were the Puritans?” in The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, Kelly M. Kapic and Randall Gleason, ed., (IVP: Downers Grove, 2004), pp. 15-37.
  • Kelly M. Kapic, “Communion with God by John Owen (1616-1683)” in An Invitation to the Puritan Classics,
  • Kelly M. Kapic and Randall Gleason, ed., (IVP: Downers Grove, 2004), pp. 167-182.
  • ________, “The Son’s Assumption of a Human Nature: A Call for Clarity.” International Journal of Systematic Theology, 3:2 (July, 2001): 154-166.
  • ________, “Communion with God: Relations between the Divine and the Human in the Theology of John Owen,” Ph.D. dissertation, King’s College, University of London, June 2001.
  • ________, “The Humanity of Christ: Looking at Jesus, Ourselves, and Pastoral Ministry.”  Foundations, (45, Autumn 2000): 28-36.

*Other contributions to various theological dictionaries, book reviews, and other publications are not included.


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Zoe Kiratzis '21

"I didn’t intend to be a Biblical and Theological Studies major when I decided on Covenant, but after getting a taste of the Bible classes here I couldn’t help but add the major. The professors are some of the best and the upper-division courses are very accessible to non-majors, which makes class discussion diverse and engaging."
  - Zoe Kiratzis '21

Mary Haynes '21

"I waited until senior year to take Doctrine I so that I could take it with Dr. Madueme, and let me tell you, it’s everything I hoped for. Dr. Madueme pushes those of us who grew up in the PCA (myself included) to take our theology seriously, to see it not just as a bunch of vocabulary terms to commit to rote memory but as something to wrestle with and ask hard questions about. He knows that theology can get pretty heady pretty fast, and he’s really good about incorporating examples from his own life to illustrate points he makes in class. No question is too small for Dr. Madueme, and the way he teaches Doctrine I makes me curious to learn more about theology and ways I can live it out in my everyday life."
 - English major Mary Haynes '21