Pastor Keith Wheaton was born and raised in Northern Maine. As a teen, he attended the State Road Advent Christian Church in Presque Isle. While serving on a summer ministry team in 1981, he felt called by God into full-time Christian service. He attended Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass., to study for pastoral ministry. While there he met and married his wife, Kathy, and they both graduated from Berkshire in 1985. Since then they have served churches together in North Carolina, Georgia, Maine and Washington state.
Right out of college, Pastor Keith went to Wilmington, NC, to pastor the Myrtle Grove Chapel. Following that, he and Kathy served as youth pastors at the Stone Mountain Advent Christian Church in Georgia. The Wheatons moved back to Myrtle Grove Chapel for another three and a half years before moving to Maine.
The Wheatons moved to Swan's Island, Maine in 1991. In addition to serving as pastor of the Advent Christian Church there, Keith had his own business repairing and building boats, Holey Boat Repair. This opened the door for him to meet and talk with all kinds of people. During this time, the Wheatons were blessed with two daughters, Arielle and Eliana.
In 1998 Pastor Keith was called to serve as the Director of Communications for the Advent Christian denominational office in Charlotte, NC. While there, he received his MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina in 2005. He was the recipient of several awards from the Evangelical Press Association for his writing and editing skills while serving in this capacity. During this time, the Wheatons were blessed with a son, Elijah.
In 2012, while serving as pastor at the West Valley Community Church in Auburn, Washington, Pastor Keith suffered a stroke, believed to be the result of a sports injury. After months of speech therapy and much prayer, pastor Keith was able to resume his position as pastor. The Wheatons moved back to Maine in 2014 to be closer to family, and Keith was called by the Otis Baptist Church to be their pastor in April 2017.
Pastor Keith has many hobbies and interests. He especially enjoys talking with people and learning all he can from them. His philosophy of ministry is this: things don't matter; relationships are the only thing that matter, and your relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important of all.