About Kennon L. Callahan, Ph. D.

Ken Callahan

General Info

Pastor, researcher, professor – Dr. Callahan is today’s most sought-after church consultant and speaker.

Thousands of congregations and tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors
around the world have been helped through his writings and workshops,

His seminars are filled with wisdom, encouragement, and practical possibilities.

He travels extensively, meeting with and speaking to assembled groups of pastors and church leaders from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and many other parts of the world.


Author of 20 books, Dr. Callahan is best known for his ground-breaking Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, helping congregations advance their focus on mission growth. Several of his books have been translated into various languages across the planet.


An Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Callahan taught for many years at Emory University. His fields of research and teaching include theology of mission, leadership and administration, and giving and finance.

He is the founder of the Center for Continuing Education at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. Dr. Callahan is the founder of the National Certification Program in Church Finance and Administration, providing training and certification for pastors and church administrators. He has received many awards and recognitions, including being elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Church Business Administrators.

His pastoral experience spans rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, and includes small, strong congregations, healthy middle congregations, and large, regional congregations.


Dr. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M, and Ph.D. degrees.


Dr. Callahan and his wife, Julia, have two sons and three grandchildren.
They share a love of the outdoors, music, dogs and sailing.