Sam Keyes serves as Professor of Theology at John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California.
He comes from a family of Baptists in central Mississippi, whose devotion to Bible reading and teaching formed him into a person for whom no existence is imaginable apart from the Church. He graduated with an English degree from the University of Richmond and moved to Budapest, Hungary, for two years to teach in a public bilingual school.
He came to the Anglican Communion by way of chaplaincies in the Diocese in Europe (Gibraltar), and was confirmed at an Episcopal parish in North Carolina, where he attended Duke Divinity School. After Duke he did an Anglican year at Nashotah House. In 2018 he received his Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College. He served as an ordained priest in the Anglican tradition from 2011-2019, working in parishes in Massachusetts, Alabama, and finally at Saint James School in Maryland. At Pentecost of 2019 he and his family were received into the Roman Catholic Church, in which he is currently a transitional deacon.
Sam lives with his wife, Gretchen, and their three children in Murrieta, CA