Beginning with his enrollment as a freshman in 1958, Naymond Keathley has enjoyed a life-long relationship with Baylor University--as a student, alumnus, faculty member, parent, and administrator. After graduating with a B.A. in history in 1962, he enrolled in The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a B.D. and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies.
His teaching career began with four years at Palm Beach Atlantic College, followed by five years on the faculty at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Returning to his alma mater in 1981, he has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate faculties and served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religion. As a University Administrator, he has served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Senior Vice Provost, and Interim Director of the Center for International Education (Jo Murphy Chair). He has participated in Baylor’s Study Abroad endeavors, serving two years as co-director of the Baylor in Great Britain program.
He returned to the Department of Religion in 2014 where he has particularly enjoyed teaching undergraduate students. His academic interests have centered on the Synoptic Gospels and the Petrine literature. He has written or contributed to three books and authored articles for academic journals and particularly for denominational publications. He has been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and he has served as President of the Southwest Region of the NABPR.
In his professional life, he has sought to blend academic concerns with the life of the church. He has served churches in four states as interim pastor, Bible study leader, and occasional pulpit supply. For over three decades he and his wife Carolyn have been active members of Seventh and James Baptist Church where he has served as deacon, choir member, and Bible study leader for youth as well as adult classes.
The Keathleys have three children (a lawyer, a doctor, and a public school counselor), all of whom graduated from Baylor; and they have six grandchildren.