Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Professional and Ministerial Background

Keith Drury served The Wesleyan Church headquarters in Christian Education and Youth leadership for 24 years before coming to Indiana Wesleyan University where he specializes in teaching practical ministry courses. He was born in Warren, Pa., the son of a pastor and district superintendent, and planned to become a forest ranger until he was called to the ministry as a college freshman. After serving as the pastor of a rural Pennsylvania church, and later a New Jersey suburban church, he joined The Wesleyan Church's headquarters in Christian education and youth work. During that time, he served the Wesleyan Church as Director of Midweek clubs (1972-78); Director of YES CORPS, a young adult missions effort (1972-75); Assistant General Director of Youth (1976-78); Executive Editor of Curriculum (1976-78); General Director of Youth (1980-88); and, following a two-year stint teaching Christian Education at Indiana Wesleyan University (1988-90), as The Wesleyan Church's Director of Local Church Education (1990-96). He returned to IWU as an Assistant Professor of Religion in 1996.

Personal Information

He proposed to Sharon Bailey on his first date (she said yes) and they have two sons. His personal hobbies include backpacking and canoeing. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and canoed the entire Missouri River. His passion in teaching includes courses in church leadership, worship, discipleship, spiritual formation, Christian education, and practical applied ministry.


The Wesleyan Church, 1971, Indiana North


B.S., United Wesleyan College
M.R.E., Princeton Theological Seminary
D.D., Wesley Biblical Seminary
L.H.D., Indiana Wesleyan University


Keith Drury has authored more than a dozen books and manuals published and translated into English, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Some of his more widely circulated books include Holiness for Ordinary People, Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, Money, Sex, & Spiritual Power, and So, What Do You Think? He has published more than 500 other articles and writes a weekly column on the Internet.

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