407 S Saturn Avenue Clearwater, FL 33755
Pastor Jon Keiser
Teresa joined the ministry team at St. Paul's in 2008. Teresa has lived in the Tampa Bay area all of her life. She is passionate about connecting people to God and others through everyday life. She and her husband Carl married on November 5, 1988. Together they have 3 sons, Jacob a married adult son, Luke a teenager, and Sam who is just in elementary school. Teresa enjoys the beach, spending time with her family and camping.
Charles comes from upstate New York and moved to Florida in 2017. He started playing piano at church with his mother at age 6. He has degrees from Westminster Choir College and Rutgers University, both of New Jersey. He has served as school music teacher, church music director, community chorus director, children's theater director and workshop leader in many venues in NY and NJ over the years. Charles and his husband, Rob, moved to Davenport, FL, full time in September with their 2 cats, Max and Winston. Charles currently drives for Disney transportation. He is very happy to be part of his new church family at Saint Paul's.
Minister of Music
Pastor Keiser has an extensive background and brings great gifts into our community of faith.
Following graduation from high school (Orlando, Florida), Jon went to the University of Florida, earning an AA degree. In 1969 he transferred to Florida Technological University (now the University of Central Florida) in Orlando. Jon graduated in the university’s very first graduating class in 1970 with a BA in history. In 1971 Jon earned a state secondary teaching certificate. Throughout this time Jon was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park, FL.
In 1973 Jon perceived a call to the ordained ministry and enrolled in the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. From June 1977 to June 1978 Jon was an intern at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers, FL. Graduating in 1979 with a Master of Divinity, Jon was called to be the pastor of First Lutheran Church, Brooksville, FL. He was ordained there on June 17, 1979, with Bishop Royall A. Yount presiding. In 1983 Pastor Keiser was called by Bishop Yount to redevelop and relocate Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Gainesville, FL. Gethsemane’s new sanctuary was built in northwest Gainesville in 1986.
In 1987 Pastor Keiser enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at The Theological School, Drew University, (United Methodist), in Madison, New Jersey. With an interest in empowering lay ministry and clarifying the different functions of the lay and the ordained ministries, as the ONE ministry of the church, Pastor Keiser’s doctoral project was in Developing a Lay Diaconal Ministry at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Pastor Keiser was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis in systematic theology and the theology of ministry, in 1993.
In 1996 Dr. Keiser accepted a call to be the senior pastor at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Tampa, FL. In 1998 Dr. Keiser was commissioned by Bishop William Trexler to develop a synod wide deacons program based upon his doctoral work and the model created at Gethsemane. Dr. Keiser chaired a team to prepare a proposal for a Synod Deacons Program, which was accepted by the synod council in 1999. Today, the Florida-Bahamas Synod Deacons Program has more than 125 deacons, enjoying the enthusiastic support of each successive bishop for a dedicated and trained laity. With his love of teaching Dr. Keiser has taught three of the six subjects in the two year lay school of theology, Diakonia (not related to the Synod Deacons Program), since its inception in the synod (2008).
During his ministry Dr, Keiser has authored articles for Dialog: A Journal of Theology; and The Lutheran Forum Letter.
Over the course of his ministry Dr. Keiser has become convinced that a congregation’s ministry must focus upon mission, as verbalized in the Biblical commission, (Matthew 28:19-20), made particular in a congregation’s mission statement, and outlined in its strategic plan. A Mission directed congregation precludes personal agendas and minimizes conflict. (See Romans 12: 1-2, 9-12).
After 36 years in active ministry, and after 18 years as Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Dr. Keiser felt the call to retire (September 1, 2014) from LCOS and active ministry. He will continue teaching in the Diakonia program. In February, 2014, in preparation for retirement, Dr. Keiser was certified by the synod bishop to serve the synod through part time interim ministry. In September he was appointed to a six month term by the bishop to serve Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as interim pastor.
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