A native of Alabama and the son of a coal miner, Joe McKeever has been saved more than 60 years, been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ more than 50 years, and has been writing and cartooning for religious publications more than 40 years. He put in 42 years pastoring six Southern Baptist Churches (most recently the First Baptist Church of Kenner,LA), followed by 5 years as director of missions for the SBC churches of metro New Orleans. He was the DOM when Katrina blew through the Gulf South and the resultant flooding devastated the City of New Orleans and destroyed so many neighborhoods and churches. Joe says, “When Katrina hit, I was 25 years old and had black hair.” (He aged quickly.)
Since 2009, Joe has been involved in a “retirement” ministry and is always on the road preaching somewhere. He draws a daily cartoon for the Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net/cartoons), writes a series on “My Favorite Deacon” for Lifeway’s Deacon Magazine, blogs daily for church leaders at www.joemckeever.com, and has published a number of cartoon books.
Joe is the father of 3 children and has 8 grandchildren. He was widowed in January 2015. His life verse is Job 4:4, “Your words have stood men on their feet.”
After living in metro New Orleans for 26 years, in October 2016 Joe moved to Ridgeland, MS, a suburb of Jackson.