Jeff Keaton was born in 1967 into a large ministry family. Jeff’s father, Dr. James Keaton, Sr., served as a pastor, college president, evangelist, and world mission leader. Jeff was born the fourth of nine children. Eight of the nine Keaton kids have spent the last 20 plus years serving in full-time Christian ministry. His youngest brother recently retired as a wounded warrior from the US Military and his sister Kimberly is the matriarch of “The Collingsworth Family.”
Jeff and his wife Michele celebrated their 28th anniversary in 2015. Their oldest daughter, Julianna, recently graduated from college and married Andrew Mast. She and her husband are on staff at EastLake Community Church in Moneta, VA. Their youngest daughter, Heidi, is a sophomore in college studying elementary education.
Over the last 22 years, Jeff has invested his life in pastoring churches in Hollywood, FL and Roanoke, VA. During his time at Parkway House of Prayer in Roanoke, VA, God gave Jeff the opportunity to start a Christian school, Parkway Christian Academy, as well as plant several new churches. The school grew to be the largest Christian school in the Roanoke area and the churches Jeff pastored or planted in VA grew to more than 1,200 in weekly worship. In 2007, God spoke the vision of Renewanation into Jeff’s heart and mind. He believes he will spend the rest of his life promoting this vision so that someday every child will have the opportunity to receive a Christian worldview education.
He points back to February 11, 1990 as the day when he fully surrendered his life to Christ. Before this day, he was a committed “Christian” on the outside, but on this day, the Holy Spirit gained full control. He is most passionate about leading men and women to Jesus, seeing believers sell out 100% to Christ, and giving children a thoroughly Christian worldview.
Jeff recently authored a book entitled The Life of Radical Faith.