JJO1_Timshot smallJohn J. O’Keefe, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theology and the holder of the A.F. Jacobson Chair in Communication at Creighton University. His academic research has focused on the history and theology of ancient Christianity, especially in the area of ancient interpretation of the Bible.  He is currently interested in early Christian theologies of nature and the Christian theological contribution to the environmental movement. He is also the founding director of the Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton University and co-host of the popular podcast Catholic Comments.

As the holder of the Jacobson Chair, O’Keefe is involved in documentary film-making projects that explore the mission of the Church in the developing world.

O’Keefe received his MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1987, and his MA and Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from The Catholic University of America in 1990 and 1993. He joined the faculty of Creighton University in 1992.

O’Keefe is married and has four grown children. He and his wife Kathy are members of Ignatian Associates, a lay association dedicated to living according to the principles of Ignatian Spirituality. They live at Oakswing, in Ponca Hills, just north of the City of Omaha.