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, Bisexual, and a former pastor (I was ordained in both an evangelical denomination and also an Anglican tradition with Apostolic Succession as an ordained priest and both are still valid. I will actually be cardinated into the Anglican Free Communion International in June.)
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, sexual identity 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 Evangelical Church Vocation was not, and could not be, the place for me any longer, I adjusted into this business (ministry) as you see it now. Now, let me clearly state that I still believe in and love Christ's church (at least the affirming ones). I think it is an ordained part of Christendom and serves a great purpose. So, again...I am pro church. But I also understand what it's like to need a break from it. I now what it's like to be angry at it. I know what it's like to practice faith without active participation in it.
But...I also know what it is like to belong to the right church.
Okay...where was I?
Oh yeah...I knew I wanted to continue teaching, coaching/mentoring, and entertaining as I had done for so many years. So...I am now pouring my all into this work and into folks like you.
Raise that hand fellow "Misfit!"
After much prayer, thought, and discussions with my wife, I narrowed it down as best I could to helping folks like you and me, fellow LGBTQ+ family and extended family, heal church trauma and create genuine faith.
I am now trying to put more and more of the real 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 of 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 (formally pastoral counseling) hundreds and hundreds of people over the past 30 plus years with compassion and confidentiality. I have done this privately and during my active practice in ordained ministry.
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.
What about the education? Got you...
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 (boy and girl). 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! Even if you might not feel like it right now.
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!