Message from the Academic Dean


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Dr. Chris (right) Academic Dean and Robert Gorini, Director of The Rock Learning Center

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It brings me great pleasure to know that you have taken the time to explore the possibilities of taking an academic journey with us. Kaleo is the English version of the New Testament Greek word that is most often translated as “calling.” At the Kaleo Institute we firmly believe that all believers are called into ministry and the Kaleo Institute was created to equip men and women for that calling through the study of God’s Story, the Bible. As the Academic Dean of the Kaleo Institute, it is my privilege and responsibility to oversee the faculty, students and curriculum of the school. My father founded the college under the guidance of Dr. Colleen Steinke in 2001 and I came on board to work hand in hand with the two of them full time in 2003. My decade of time spent with the school means that I am well acquainted with the mission of Kaleo and the rich educational experience that the college offers.

We have assembled a fantastic faculty of real world worship ministries practitioners with advanced, many terminal, academic degrees in Worship and other fields closely related to the curriculum. I can personally vouch for the character and ministry of each and assure that you are in for a real blessing.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions, suggestions, or concerns, whether academic or otherwise. Everything we do is for the Kingdom, and you are a part of the Kingdom.  I strongly believe that studying God’s Word is worship, let’s worship together.

Lord Bless,

Dr. Christopher Brewer (Dr. Chris)

Academic Dean

About Dr. Chris:

Dr. Chris Brewer knew that the Lord had called him into full time ministry on his first day of sixth grade youth camp. The calling would lead him to study at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where he would earn a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministry. Soon after graduation, he married and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to serve as the youth minister at Northeast Presbyterian Church. Wanting to be closer to his parents, he eventually moved his family to Jacksonville and took a job as the youth pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach. Simultaneously, Chris released his first studio album, Why Calvary? and began a traveling ministry as a camp and conference worship leader and speaker. He was the guest speaker and musician for numerous Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran youth camps all over the country. In 2001, Chris helped his father found Brewer Christian College and continued his own studies, graduating from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2008. His doctoral thesis, which examined the concept of online chapel, was completed under the supervision of his mentor and good friend Dr. Andrew Hill, noted Old Testament scholar from Wheaton College. Since earning his doctorate, Chris served as the Director of Distance Learning at The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, has led worship and served as a workshop speaker for the annual conferences of The Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), speaking on online chapel and distance learning technology. Dr. Brewer is also a member of the Southern Automotive Media Association and works with major auto manufacturers reviewing cars and covering automotive news. He has a passion for vintage automobiles and motorcycles and enjoys restoring old cars. He is the senior editor for AutomotiveAddicts.com, an international automotive news outlet, works with the Amelia Concours d’Elegance, and writes a weekly column for the automotive section of The Florida Times-Union, Northeast Florida’s highest circulated newspaper.

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