I am Keith, a native Carolina “beachboy,” (and yes, I know boy is a stretch) Speaker, Teacher, Podcaster, Content Creator, Theologian/Apologist, Author, Entertainer, Businessman, Photographer, Husband, Son, Father, and a former pastor (ordained in both an evangelical denomination and also one with Apostolic Succession as an ordained priest-both still valid).
I bet you are and do many things too.
Yes, I know what it’s like to accomplish goals and succeed at things and to be honest, I am proud of my accomplishments. I think we should be proud when we have succeeded at things we have worked toward.
I also know what it is like to have set-backs. I know what it is like to hurt. I know what it’s like to experience true loss. I also know what it’s like to be attacked by people within Christ’s church. Truth be told, I know I am unique (“Different”) in many ways. I sometimes differ in ideas, methods, and even Theology. In other words, I feel I am often a “Misfit.” What’s more…I am very okay with that label for I know God created me, Jesus loves me, and I truly want to serve Him the best way I can.
So, when I decided the Church Vocation was not the place for me any longer, I adjusted into this business as you see it now. Now, let me clearly state that I still believe in and love Christ’s church. I think it is an ordained part of Christendom and serves a great purpose.
I knew I wanted to continue teaching, coaching/mentoring, and entertaining as I had done for so many years. But I also knew I could not, nor did I desire to, do it as I had been within a local church vocationally. So…I am now pouring my all into this work and into folks like you.
Raise that hand fellow “Misfit!” 🙂
But what do I teach exactly?
What do I need to help others with?
These were big questions and after much prayer, thought, and discussions with my wife, I narrowed it down as best I could to helping folks like you heal their church trauma and work through any crisis of faith they many be experiencing. Practically, that might be seen in the areas of:
- Healing and Thriving after Divorce : I have suffered through 2 very painful divorces and although they both knocked me down, I didn’t stay there. With the help of God, friends, family, and experts I trusted, I fought to get beyond them and eventually connected with my current wife whom I adore. I knew if I could do it, others could too. And I could help.
- Tapping into God even when You feel like a Misfit: I have a very good education in Theology, Apologetics, Biblical Exegesis, Pastoral Counseling, and Spiritual Development. And although I did not feel the call to now work in vocational church ministry, I still felt it important for me to utilize my hard-earned education and experiences. What’s more, I have often felt like a misfit within many Christian circles, often having an unexpressed difference of belief or opinion in order to “not rock the boat.” In fact, just being a person that is divorced made me unfit in some people’s eyes. So, I know what it’s like to be judged. I know what it’s like to be dismissed. I know what it’s like to be alienated and unwelcomed. I know what it’s like to be a Christian “misfit.” But now, I honor that identity and help other “Misfits” tap into God as well.
- Finding Love and Acceptance as a LGBTQ+ Believer: I know how hard it is for those that identify in the spectrum of sexual identity, especially when it comes to their faith, the church, and even their own family. I have worked with LGBTQ+ folks of every age over the last 20+ years. Most of these were folks who identified as Christian but either remained in the closet to protect themselves from other Christians or left the church because of their identity. I give them a safe ear, a loving response, Scriptural support and insight from years of work.
I am now trying to put more and more of the real, and improved, Keith out to the world and love it when others like you take the journey with me.
But…I know you also need to know a few of my specific qualifications. After all, besides life experiences, what else makes this guy qualified to teach and help me?
So here you go:
I have over 30 years experience speaking and teaching all across the United States. I have over 40 years working in the business/education worlds (being self-employed for much of that as well). I have taught corporate executives, church members and leaders around the country and middle school, high school, and college students through a variety of my self-created courses. I have spoken to audiences both large and small with the ever present hope of transformation, success and hope.
I have authored and published works of non-fiction on faith-based personal growth and achievement, and I have authored and published several works of fiction just for escape, pleasure, a a few life lessons thrown in.
I have had the pure joy of coaching and/or mentoring hundreds and hundreds of people over the past 30 plus years with compassion and confidentiality. I have done this individually and during my active practice in ordained ministry.
Finally, I have had the pleasure of entertaining audiences with my comedy and magic all around the USA for over 20 years and have done so for just about every age and in just about every venue type. I have opened and performed for celebrities, entertained church audiences, performed for 2000 NASCAR folks, and performed for the United States Military. I have even been a show consultant for other magicians around the world.
Educationally, I have an earned Doctor of Ministry (Theology and Apologetics), a Masters of Divinity (with Hebrew and Greek), a Bachelors of Science (Business and Math), and a Certification in Hypnosis (CH- I use this subtilty in my life and work.)
I have a beautiful and loving wife, Candace, who is a professional phycologist and my greatest cheerleader and accountability partner. I am the father to one grown biological son (an USAF Veteran Officer) , a daughter-in-law, and two grown step-children. I am also blessed to still have my parents and my wife’s parents living and part of our lives. Yep, I am blessed but I bet you are too!
So…that’s a little about me. Congrats if you made it this far. 🙂
The most important thing I want you to know is: I am here for you and I want to help.
Each day I remind myself that there is more growth for me to pursue and there are people out there that could use my help. That fuels me.
I hope if you are one of those people and I hope you will reach out to me and let’s begin. Today is your day!