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Michael Keller is married to Suzette Keller, and they have eight children, Esther, Rebekah, Daniel, Priscilla, Anna, Susanna, Nathan, and David. He has thirty-five grandchildren.



Early Life

Michael E. Keller was born on October 28, 1959 to Delores Jarvis and Fred Keller. He has three brothers and a sister.

Mike became a Christian at nineteen years old after attending a Seminar in Basic Youth Conflicts.[1]

Family

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Mike's family in around 2000

Marriage

Mike married Lillie "Suzette" Stembridge on July 25, 1980. [2]

Fatherhood

Mike has eight children: Esther Joy Shrader (5/9/81), Rebekah MacDonald (5/15/83), Daniel Keller (2/6/84), Priscilla Lynn Waller (7/3/86), Anna Renee Duggar (6/23/88), Susanna "Suze" Keller (5/29/92), Nathan Edward Keller (4/23/96), and David Nathaniel Keller (7/98).

Mike and his wife chose to homeschool their children growing up. Reportedly, the children had one fifteen minute meeting with the parents each week to discuss any personal issues they may have had.[3]

Grandchildren

Mike's daughter Esther married John Shrader on November 3, 2001. They have twelve children: Enoch (1/17/03), Alatheia (3/13/04), Timothy (8/2/05), Nehemiah (1/20/07), Agape (6/3/08), Elijah (9/28/10), Charis Elisabeth (6/25/11), Sophia Joy (3/6/13), Stephen Lushomo (9/11/14), Isaiah Kasimpe (6/2/16), Caleb (1/2/17), Joseph (3/8/20), Daniel (10/13/22), and Josiah (1/17/24).

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Mike and Suzette with half of their grandchildren in 2014

Mike's daughter Rebekah was married to Joshua MacDonald from August 21, 2004, to May 22, 2015. They had two children, Annabel (7/05) and Alyssa (5/07). Some time after that, Rebekah married Kevin Hunt.

Mike's son Daniel was married to Candice from October 3, 2008 to around 2016. They have one adopted son, Brighton Gabriel (7/14/12). He is currently remarried to an unknown woman.

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Mike walking his daughter Anna down the aisle

Mike's daughter Priscilla married David Waller on February 4, 2012. They have five children: Paul William (3/16/13), Davia Lynn (11/12/14), Phillip Andrew (10/19/16), Destiny Faith (10/2/18), Peter David (5/6/20) and Deborah Joy (1/19/22).

Mike's daughter Anna married Josh Duggar on September 26, 2008. The have seven children: Mackynzie Renee (10/8/09), Michael James (6/15/11), Marcus Anthony (6/2/13), Meredith Grace (6/16/15), Mason Garrett (9/12/17), Maryella Hope (11/27/19) and Madyson Lily (10/23/21).

Mike's daughter Susanna has one daughter, Noelle Brooklyn (1/24/13). She married York Bridges on September 2, 2019.[4] They have one child together, a son (4/20/21).

Mike's son Nathan married Nurie Rodrigues on July 25, 2020.[5] They have two children: Nehemiah David (10/11/21) and Newman Christian (11/16/22).

Mike's son David married Hannah Reber on November 19, 2021. They have one child: Eden (11/22).

Career

Welder Career

Mike Keller worked as a welder/fabricator as a young adult. He left this field in 1996.[1]

Prison Chaplain Career

Mike Keller started volunteering at a local juvenile detention center after seeing a need while serving jury duty in 1994. In 1996, he began to pursue full-time ministry work in prisons. He spent months traveling to different churches on deputation. His children often go along to prisons with him as volunteers.[1] He works for Rock of Ages Prison Ministry, Inc.[6]

Author Career

Mike Keller has written two books book, Breaking the Bondage of Addictions and When Tragedy Hits You. They are written specifically for inmates, and are published by Freedom in Truth Ministries.[7]

Health Issues

Mike Keller has suffered from an unknown type of chronic health issue since 1999. In January, 2009, his son-in-law Joshua MacDonald commented that "it's a miracle he can still walk". [8]

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