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 I am sure a few more things I have forgotten. 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 live as an approval addict, constantly pushing and working to get the approval I so desperately craved. And let me be extremely clear here…that was no-one’s fault but my own. I also know what its like to be hurt by people within the church. I choose not to go into that much but just know it happened and it hurt very deeply. That’s why I sometimes refer to myself as the “Misfit” Teacher to the “Misfits“. But…then I think…isn’t that what Jesus often did? I seem to remember Him spending a lot of time loving and teaching those that others felt were unworthy.
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. 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. 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 to 4 specialties. And although I will often teach or coach in other areas of this messy thing we call life, these 4 areas are my main concentration.
- 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.
- LGBTQ+ Issues: 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, especially those in their twenties and those older adults who have denied their identity for most of their lives and don’t want to hide it any longer. I give them a safe ear, a loving response, and insight into years of work.
- Shifting from Approval Addiction to Faith-Based Personal Integrity: Sadly, I spent a great deal of my life seeking approval at all cost…and usually that cost was to myself: who I was and what I truly wanted. Instead, I needed to make everybody happy. I needed to be and do what they expected. I needed to be liked. I needed the external validation. I needed others to notice me. I needed to be accepted. Like I always say…this was no one else’s fault but my own. It was a false belief I had developed as a young child and carried through much of my adulthood. It was also my fault when I allowed others to dictate my faith and my personal walk. Thankfully, one day I woke up and realized that this desire for approval had to stop if I was ever going to be the person I was destined to be and achieve the things I truly dreamed of and wanted in life. That’s when I began to shift from Approval Addiction to Faith-Based Personal Integrity. Now, I help people like you do the same. It isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. I promise.
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.
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 there is. I have opened and performed for celebrities, entertained church audiences, performed for 2000 NASCAR folks, and even 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, you will reach out to me and let’s begin. Today is your day!