Elder Vice-Chairman

skeist@keistlaw.com
602.938.1110

How did the Lord save you?

I grew up going to church and thought I was a Christian. In college I quit going to church and partied with the best of them. Joann and I met and eventually married. I had grown up Lutheran and Joann had grown up Catholic. Both of us knew there was something more than what we had grown up being taught, but did not know what. The Lord was drawing us. A man came to lay carpet in our house and shared the gospel with us. Although we did not believe at that time, we were interested and began attending Indian Hills Community Church in Lincoln, Nebraska where we heard expository preaching for the first time. Two men from the church came to visit us and we both prayed to receive the Lord. That was in 1980.

What do you enjoy most about the ministry at Northwest Community Church?

We attended Indian Hills Community Church for seven years until we moved to Phoenix. We grew quickly in our knowledge of the Word due to the excellent teaching we received. That is what we enjoy the most about NCC, the in depth teaching of the Word of God. We have also been blessed by the fellowship of the members.

How long have you served here?

Joann and I have attended NCC since March, 1987, except for a short time when we lived in Black Canyon City in the mid 90’s.  I have served twice as an elder at NCC. The first time was from the late 80’s through the mid 90’s. I began serving again 2007.

What is special about Northwest Community Church?

NCC has a special community of believers. When Joann had her heart and kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic required that we have caregivers available to care for her when I was not available. We had a long list of people from the church willing to be with her and care for her. Other transplant recipients had a difficult time finding family or friends who would commit to help. We were so blessed to have this help and it was a tremendous witness to the medical providers.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Wichita, KS. When I was 12 my father was transferred to Omaha, NE and I attended high school there, and then the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Are you married? How many children (and grandchildren) do you have?

I met Joann my last year of college and we were married my last year of law school in 1976. Joann was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus shortly before our marriage. We suffered through two miscarriages and her doctors suggested that she not get pregnant again. So, in 1980 and again in 1983 we adopted two boys as infants. Our older son Eric lives in Phoenix and has not yet married. Our younger son Adam married Carolyn and they had two children before he died in an automobile accident in 2006. Carolyn has remarried and has three more children, all of whom we are grandparents to.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy flying an airplane I co-own with two other men from NCC. I also enjoy helping people with legal problems and direct a non-profit legal aid ministry.