Catherine Kelsey

Catherine Kelsey

Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Formation
Gerald L. Schlessman Professor in Methodist Studies

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3103

Fax: (303) 765-1141



B.A., Albion College, MI
M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
Th.D., Harvard Divinity School


Catherine (Cathie) Kelsey was the founding holder in 2006 of the Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Formation faculty position. She teaches in the areas of vocation, spiritual life, theology, and the practices of ministry. She also coaches worship on campus, works with students to create innovative online spiritual support in small groups, fosters spiritual community within and beyond Iliff, and supports deeper discernment of vocations in ministry, the academy, and communities. She is an elder in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as chair of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Dr. Kelsey’s publications include: editing the first critical English edition of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith (2016) on which she also worked as a translator; four chapters and production editing of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Influences on American Thought and Religious Life (2014 with Jeffrey Wilcox and Terrence Tice), and two monographs: Thinking About Christ with Schleiermacher (2003) and Schleiermacher’s Preaching, Dogmatics, and Biblical Criticism (2007). She has also published articles on prayer practices, worship leadership, and theology. She is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual companion and has served as a senior pastor of both urban and rural congregations, two interim pastorates, and as a college chaplain prior to joining Iliff School of Theology in 2004.

News & Awards

Denver Post – April 28, 2017
Methodist court says first openly gay bishop is in violation of church law

United Methodist News – March 14, 2017
Scholars raise doubts about church’s future