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Matthew Kaemingk

Associate Professor of Faith and Public Life and Director of the Richard John Mouw Institute of Faith and Public Life

BA, Whitworth University
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

ET501: Christian Ethics

ET513: Social Ethics

ET517: Politics and the Global Church

PH522: Perspectives on Christ and Culture

TC581: Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Christian ethics; work and marketplace theology; Christianity and Islam; religious pluralism; political ethics; theology and culture; Reformed public theology; worship, ethics, and public life; Abraham Kuyper and neo-Calvinism; ethics and globalization

“In fighting over the ‘American house,’ one side has demanded the construction of higher walls while the other has demanded the opening of wider doors. This obsession with walls and doors misses a critical third element, the one thing that can turn this American house into a home. Tables flourish in homes that are both secure and generous, just and merciful. Tables represent a hospitality that is both ordered and open. In light of this, I would argue that the ultimate end of Holy Week politics is not high walls or open doors; it is a well-set table.”


Dr. Kaemingk’s article “Refugees and the Politics of Holy Week,” available here.


Matthew Kaemingk is the Richard John Mouw Assistant Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary where he also serves as the director of the Richard John Mouw Institute of Faith and Public Life. His research and teaching focus on marketplace theology, Islam and political ethics, and public theology. His books include Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear (2018), Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy (coauthor Cory Willson, 2020), and Reformed Public Theology (2021). In 2018 his book on Muslim immigration was named among the best of the year by Christianity Today and in 2019 Dr. Kaemingk was named the “Emerging Public Intellectual of the Year” by the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship. Kaemingk serves as a fellow at the Center for Public Justice and a scholar in residence at the Max De Pree Center for Christian Leadership.

Before taking the Mouw Chair, Kaemingk served as assistant professor of Christian ethics and associate dean of Fuller Texas. Kaemingk earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and holds doctoral degrees in systematic theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and in Christian ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study political theology and the European conflict over Muslim immigration in Amsterdam. An ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Kaemingk lives in Houston with his wife, Heather, and their three sons, Calvin, Kees, and Caedmon.

Read Kaemingk’s piece for Comment Magazine on how the Islamic headscarf is a gift to Western Democracy.

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