Keith Burkhart has been voted on and is the new senior pastor of First Southern!  We couldn't be more excited!  Keith will begin preaching on November 25th.

More about Keith

Keith Burkhart has served the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma since 2007. At the Convention, Keith served as the Family and Men’s Ministry Specialist for over 10 years. In May of 2018, he became the Falls Creek and CrossTimbers Conference Centers Director. Keith is passionate about helping churches develop spiritually strong men and families who impact their communities for the Kingdom of God. Through his leadership with the “Rewired” men’s conference, men across the United States are discovering new ways to live out their faith. Keith is the author of “Advanced Men’s Ministry Training…A Manual for Building Your Men’s Ministry”, used by churches throughout the United States. Keith has contributed to various articles related to men, marriage and family for Lifeway Christian Resources and serves on various boards and advisory committees related to men’s ministry.


Keith also leads the Oklahoma Faith Riders motorcycle ministry, representing riders in over 75 churches across Oklahoma. Keith began his ministry at First Southern Baptist Church where he served for 10 years. Keith’s other accomplishments include being a small business owner and serving in the United States Army Reserves for 21 years. Keith has been married to his wife Jeanette for 40 years and is the proud father of 10 children and 13 grandchildren.

A personal letter from Keith

Dear First Southern Family,
I can’t even begin to share with you how excited Jeanette and I are to be with you on November 4th. Like many of you, God has used First Southern to shape our faith and our walk with Christ in significant ways. Jeanette and I were baptized at First Southern, we were married at First Southern, we raised our children at First Southern, and we were called to ministry at First Southern. I will forever be grateful to God for planting our church in our community to reach and transform people like us! 
As I have watched First Southern over the years, I believe we are at our best as a church, when we are focused on reaching the lost in our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are at our best when we are helping people grow in their faith and in their discovery of the wonder and majesty of God. Our purpose and mission has not changed. We have a great past, but I believe with all my heart we have an even greater future. I will end with this question: Has there ever been a more important time to give people a credible offer of the gospel and a place to grow and be loved in our city? Father, may it be so!