About The Keston Center


The Keston Institute, founded in 1969 by the Rev. Canon Michael Bourdeaux and others as the Centre for the Study of Religion and Communism, became the "voice of the voiceless" by reporting regularly on the situation and status of persecuted believers in communist countries, including the USSR and other Warsaw Pact members. The Institute collected primary source material and documentation to ensure accuracy in its coverage. The unique archive became the main resource for the study of religion in Eastern and Central Europe during the communist and post-communist period.


In 2007, the Keston Institute, also known as Keston College, transferred its vast collection to the newly formed Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society. Baylor University established the Center to receive, maintain, preserve, expand, and make available to scholars the Keston Archives and Library. The Keston Center’s mission is to promote research and encourage the study of religion in communist, post-communist, and other totalitarian societies. The Center became part of the Baylor University Libraries in 2012.


To visit the Keston Center website, see https://www.baylor.edu/kestoncenter/.


To visit the Keston Institute website, see http://www.keston.org.uk/.