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.
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 books of cartoons, and most recently a book titled “Help! I’m a Deacon” which is being used widely..
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’s husband of over 50 years was a seminary classmate with Joe. While Gary and Joe knew each other over the years, they had never met the other’s families. He went to Heaven in May 2014. Joe and Bertha met for the first time in February of 2016. Within days, they knew the Lord had put them together.
Bertha McKeever is a career schoolteacher, with a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University and a Master’s from Rhode Island College. Presently, she’s adjunct professor English for Hinds Community College on the Rankin County campus. 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, MS, a suburb of Jackson.