John Stephen Keith Ward (better known as Keith Ward), Gresham Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London, was born on 22 August 1938, in Hexham, Northumberland. He and his wife Marian (née Trotman) have a son, Alun James Kendal, and a daughter Fiona Caroline. After education at Hexham Grammar School, Ward went to the University of Wales, Cardiff, from which he graduated with a B.A. He then went to Linacre College, Oxford (MA, Blitt) and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA, DD). Between 1964 and 1969 he was lecturer in Logic at the University of Glasgow.