Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Ministry Director Regular Donor to Bernie Sanders Campaign

Keller Koch-compressedNEW YORK — In the midst of a famine in the professing American church for biblical instruction on selecting leaders for civil government, public records show that a ministry leader at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, founded and led by popular megachurch pastor and author Tim Keller, has been a consistent donor to the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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The Federal Elections Commission website, which records the political donations of Americans under the names of their employers, shows that Tiffany Koch, the ministry director at the West Side campus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, made 76 donations to Sanders since October.

The donations were made several times a week, for example, on February 1, 2 and 5, and on April 18, 21, 22 and 23, with amounts varying from $15 to $100. Next to Koch’s donor info reads under employer and occupation “Redeemer Presbyterian Church/Ministry Director” located in New York, NY. The total donations to date amount to $2,449.

As previously reported, Sanders, a Vermont Democrat, is a same-sex “marriage” supporter and believes that abortion should be legal until birth. He is also self-identified as a socialist.

“Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy in which you would be okay with abortion being illegal?” Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Sanders during a town hall meeting in September.

“It’s not a question of being okay,” Sanders replied. “I believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body.”

“I guess the genesis of the question is that, you know, there are some Democrats who say after five months, with the exception of the life of the mother or the health of the baby, that perhaps that’s something to look at,” Bair said. “You’re saying no.”

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“I am very strongly pro-choice,” Sanders replied. “That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician and her family. That’s my view.”

Sanders also told students at Liberty University that same month, “I believe in a woman’s rights, and the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views, and it is no secret.”

As previously reported, Casey Fulgenzi, a self-identified progressive who serves as the manager of social media for Redeemer Presbyterian Church, as well as the assistant manager for Keller’s resource site Gospel in Life, has likewise expressed his support for Sanders.

In February, Fulgenzi wrote on social media that he will “happily vote for either [Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders] when the time comes.” He had shared an article last September on “The Christian Case for Bernie Sanders.”


“He’s Jewish, but his character, words and actions are more Christ like than any of the Christian candidates,” Fulgenzi wrote on April 16 in sharing that he went to hear Sanders speak at a local church. “We deserve that in our next president, whether he or she be Muslim, Atheist, Christian or Jewish.”

Thabiti Anyabwile, the leader of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., a congregation planted by church health advocate Mark Dever, who serves on the board for Keller’s Gospel Coalition, recently announced that he will rather vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

“Let the hate begin. But if choice is between Clinton and Trump, I’m voting Clinton. I’ll go back to not voting when this man is defeated!” he wrote on social media on May 9.

Tom Palumbo, a deacon at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, advised Christian News Network that he believes voting is a “philosophical matter” and he would not consider it concerning or sinful for church leaders to vote for candidates such as Bernie Sanders. Messages for Koch and Keller were not returned.

A number of other congregations were listed on the Federal Elections Commission website, with Dawn Aberg, education director at the Church of the Holy Comforter of Charlottesville, Virginia; Frank Elliott, senior minister of the Church of Truth of Los Angeles, California; Scott Shirley, pastor of Church in the Cliff of Dallas, Texas; and Lisa Webb, administrative assistant at Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville, Tennessee among those who have donated to Sanders.

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  • Amos Moses

    I AM STUNNED ………………………..not………………

  • Amos Moses

    “I believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body.”

    Hey BERNIE ………….. they are not telling them what to do ……………… like MURDER …..actually not like murder … it is MURDER ………….they are being told WHAT THEY MAY NOT DO ………… MURDER ……….

    • BravesFan

      And the government already has plenty of laws telling men AND women what they may not do with their bodies. So it’s a stupid argument from him.

  • This really is distressing news. Some of Keller’s books are real gems, almost on the level of C. S. Lewis’s writings. Apparently he and his church have fell victim to the Manhattan mentality – too sophisticated to want to be associated with those nasty vulgar evangelicals out in – yuck ! – the heartland.

    Sorry, Keller, you and your snooty latte-sippers are no brethren of mine, so I guess that’s a win-win all around, isn’t it? You’ll find heaven to be an extremely unpleasant place, considering the highest in rank there are a bunch of unschooled carpenters and fishermen. Hold your nose when you shake hands with Peter (if you get there).

  • Charles

    Well for one, it’s population control (Which of course the elites couldn’t have enough of). And of course the other the sickening baby parts market…How is it that the male never get a choice in the matter? It took a male to make a female pregnant? How is it the male has no say in any of this? Crazy!

    • Josey

      Exactly right and time for men to stand up and take the leadership positions God set you in charge of, when men don’t lead women step in.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Church leadership must be taken by Bible-literate men. Female leadership in church tends to lead to apostasy.

  • There are ‘tards everywhere.

  • That church is a vipers nest.

  • Jonathan

    The weird thing is that since October 2015, she’s made donations 76 times! Sometimes giving $10 and $25 donations just two or three days apart. That’s 76 separate donations in 6 months or nearly 13 per month on average.

    Of course anyone representing the church like Tom Palumbo would say who you vote for has no bearing on your ability to be a church leader. But that’s like saying how you live out Biblical principles has no bearing on your ability to lead a church.

    It certainly does have a bearing. A big one. It informs us of the very low view the people at Redeemer have of the Bible itself. And that should be concerning to every church going Christian.