After twenty-seven years at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and many popular books authored by the pastor of 5,000, Chip Keller (formerly Timothy) revealed Thursday that a clerical error early in his career changed the trajectory of his entire life and ministry. “The publisher of my first book, ‘Ministries of Mercy,’ accidentally printed ‘Timothy Keller,’ rather than my actual, given, beautiful name ‘Chip.’ Now everyone knows me as Timothy, which is a sub-par, ugly name reserved for weak men.”
Chip immediately became famous, though everyone knew him by the far weaker name, “Timothy.” “I was relatively unknown until people started calling me ‘Tim.’ Now I just want to be called the much stronger, more intimidating ‘Chip’ again. Please: just call me Chip.”
Chip looks forward to his future at Redeemer Church, and hopes that through his story, many who have been called the wrong name due to a book publisher’s clerical error would feel empowered to be who they really are. “I just want to be called ‘Chip’ again. Many Matt’s just want to be called ‘Ronald,’ and Jared’s want to be referred to as their birth-name, ‘Terry.’ I hope this inspires them to start pastoring large churches and writing books as ‘Phil Platt’ and ‘Brad Piper’ again. ”
Chip has that twinkle in his eye again, and you can do “no’Tim” about it.