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UPDATE: Tim Keller’s Son Says Dad ‘Is Doing Much Better’ After Scare

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Tim Keller speaks on "Trusting God in Difficult Times." Screenshot from YouTube / @Gospel in Life

UPDATED June 17, 2022: After asking for prayer for his father, Tim Keller, earlier this week, Michael Keller has posted an “encouraging update.”

“Hello everyone,” said Michael Keller in a tweet on June 17, “thank you for your prayers this past week. Things were scary for a bit but God was gracious, working through your prayers and the skill of the doctors, and now he is doing much better. He is due to be released from the hospital next week, and will have ongoing outpatient treatments for a while. Please continue to pray over the next 6 months as we wait on the Lord (Psalm 130) to destroy the cancer. We are hopeful.”

“So very grateful to hear that he’s doing better!” said user Matthew Browne. “Still praying for your dad.” User Wade Lewis responded, “Continuing to pray. Love you Brother.”


ChurchLeaders original article written on June 15, 2022, below.

Tim Keller is dealing with complications from the cancer treatment he is currently pursuing, according to a June 14 tweet posted by his son, Michael Keller. 

“Dad is currently dealing with the side effects of an immunotherapy treatment that he is undergoing,” said Michael Keller. “We ask that you continue to pray for his healing and for guiding the decisions of his doctors and medical team who continue to provide excellent, compassionate care. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. We deeply covet your prayers at this time.”

Tim Keller’s Cancer Journey

Tim Keller is an author and the founding pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church. In June 2020, Keller announced to his followers that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the time he had no symptoms. 

Keller started chemotherapy, which had encouraging results, he reported in August. “Our situation has driven us to seek God’s face as we never [have] before,” he said in an update on Aug. 28. “He is giving us more of his sensed presence, more freedom from our besetting sins, more dependence on his Word—things that we had sought for years, but only under these circumstances are we finding them.”

In November of that year, Keller shared that the chemotherapy was continuing to have promising results and that he was tolerating it well. In an interview, Keller said that his cancer diagnosis has had a profound impact on his spiritual life, as well as that of his wife, Kathy. “We never want to go back spiritually where we were before the cancer diagnosis,” he said. “We never want to go back to that.” 

Dealing with cancer, said Keller, has caused him to depend on God as he never has before. “He really is there. He is enough. I’m actually happier than I’ve ever been on a given day…I enjoy my prayer life more than I ever have in my life.”

Keller had surgery in May 2021 to remove some nodules and his update shortly afterward was hopeful. However, in September 2021, Keller said that due to a “mysterious lump” that turned out to be cancerous, his doctor was increasing his chemotherapy.

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