A native of Alabama and the son of a coal miner, Joe McKeever has been saved more than 65 years, been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ more than 55 years, and has been writing and cartooning for religious publications more than 45 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.
Joe’s education includes high school at Double Springs, AL, a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College (history/political science), and masters & doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with emphasis on evangelism.
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 books–several volumes of cartoons, and most recently two books: “Help! I’m a Deacon” which is being used widely and “Grief Recovery 101,” authored with his wife Bertha. At the moment, they’re working on a book celebrating the privilege of getting to be (almost; pretty soon) 80 years of age!
Joe is the father of 3 children and has 8 grandchildren. He was widowed in January 2015. On January 11, 2017, he married Bertha Pepper Fagan of Jackson, Mississippi. Bertha McKeever is a career schoolteacher, with degrees from Bob Jones University and Rhode Island College. She’s an adjunct professor English for Hinds Community College on the Rankin County campus and teaches online for Taylor University in Indiana. She has two children and six grandchildren.
Joe’s life verse is Job 4:4, “Your words have stood men on their feet.”
Joe and Bertha live in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson.