John Kiesler, OFM - Franciscan School of Theology

John Kiesler, OFM

  • Assistant Professor of Missiology



  • PhD Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (now Radboud Universiteit)
  • MDiv Franciscan School of Theology
  • BA California State University, San Bernardino

“But then I must remind myself we are living creature- we have religious impulses- we must- and yet into what cracks do these impulses flow in a world without religion? It is something I think about every day. Sometimes I think that it is the only thing I should be thinking about.” (273-274). Douglas Coupland, Life After God (N.Y.: Pocket Books, 1994)

I was born and raised in Southern California. After college I worked for some time in the retail industry while doing volunteer work for literacy programs and political campaigns. I joined the Franciscan Friars of St. Barbara Province in 1983 and after a time on the Akimel O’Otham Reservation (Arizona) went to Netherlands for five years to purse a theology degree with a focus on missiology. I have been teaching at the Franciscan School of Theology since 1997.


God and Trinity

This is a basic course in the theology of God that reviews the development of trinitarian doctrine within the Church and historical attempts to deepen its meaning.

Perspectives: Intro to Theology

An introductory course in theology from a Roman Catholic perspective that will cover sources of theology, relationship of Church to the modern world, interpretation of magisterial documents and other contemporary issues.


This is a basic course in Christology that reviews the biblical sources about Jesus, the formation of dogmatic understandings in the early church and several modern christologies.

Select Publications


Signs and Instruments of Liberation (Kampen: Kok, 1991).