Disciple. Husband. Father. Pastor. The order is critical, and everything that matters about me flows out of these four roles. I am a Disciple of Jesus Christ, first and foremost and have been for over 17 years. I am the Husband of Heather since 2002 and the Father of four energetic young boys. I am an ordained Pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, IN), serving God and His people here at Linwood Wesleyan Church since February of 2018.
I grew up in Newcastle, WY and have served churches in Casper, WY; Charleston, WV; and Anderson, IN over the past 9+ years, but am excited to be calling Sioux Falls home and looking forward to ministering in this community long into the future. I received a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from the Anderson University School of Theology in 2010 and have traveled internationally for mission trips to China, Peru and Nicaragua. When I'm not with family or working, I'm probably running along a river somewhere.
I want to be known first as a son of God in Christ. Saundra and I have been married for 46 years and have three grown sons and six grandchildren who are the joy of our lives. After 44 years of pastoral ministry, we have been serving as missionaries with the Wesleyan Church in Nepal, and currently located in Mitchell, SD. In the past year we have been thoroughly enjoying pastoring responsibilities here at Linwood Wesleyan Church, both as the interim pastor and now in the area of Pastoral Care.
Both Saundra and I grew up in north central Kansas, and both graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University—Saundra with an Elementary Education degree and me (Keith) with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Since then we have pastored three churches, two in Iowa and the Mitchell Wesleyan Church for 32 years, before spending a year in the beautiful country of Nepal as missionaries. Saundra loves hosting friends in our home, and I have enjoyed motorcycling, reading, astronomy, and chocolate over the years. The path of life God has led us down has been a wonderful adventure, and our participation with the Linwood Church family has added a delightful new chapter to our lives.
I believe God has created everyone for a purpose. Our identities, personalities, and beliefs are challenged and structured at the critical age of middle school – high school. That is why I am so passionate about Student Ministries and developing our rising generation. I am honored and humbled to be the NextGen Pastor here at Linwood Church!
Born and raised in Indiana, I was called into ministry around 16 years old. I was blessed to gain my education from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) with a degree in Youth Ministries and Biblical Literature. My wife, Amanda McConnell (Children’s Director at Linwood) also graduated from IWU. I am crazy in love with her!!
I thoroughly enjoy being “Wild at Heart” and being in the outdoors - camping and hiking. I also am a diehard fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Purdue Boilermakers; I want to be on Survivor or The Amazing Race; and I can be won over with Reese’s and orange soda.
Hello! My name is Amanda McConnell and I come all the way from Mukwonago, WI. I grew up in the Wesleyan church, so going to youth conferences, summer camps, and all that jazz within the church runs in my blood! I have enjoyed every minute of it and it is with those events I have been molded in to the ministry leader I am today.
I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) with a major in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Children's Ministries. IWU is also where I met and fell in love with my handsome husband, Zach! We were married in October 2012, and since then have partnered in ministry.
Our ministry started in Virginia, where we adopted our crazy dog, Blayne. I served as an infant caregiver in a daycare. God then led us to Salisbury, NC where I served as the Children’s Director. You can say that God is definitely on the move and so are the McConnells! I am always in the mood for coffee, the great outdoors, and of course spending good times with my husband!