A native of Alabama and the son of a coal miner, Joe McKeever has been saved more than 68 years, been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ more than 58 years, and has been writing and cartooning for religious publications nearly 50 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/comics), writes a column on “My Favorite Deacon” for Lifeway’s Deacon Magazine, blogs almost daily for church leaders at www.joemckeever.com, and has published a number of books–several volumes of cartoons, and most recently three “real” books: “Help! I’m a Deacon” which is being used widely and two books written with Bertha his wife–“Grief Recovery 101” (about the deaths of their spouses Gary and Margaret) and “Sixty and Better: Making the Most of Our Golden Years.”
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 and Bertha enjoy telling friends they are “living happily ever after.”
Joe’s life verse is Job 4:4, “Your words have stood men on their feet.”
Joe McKeever lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson.