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Michael Edward Keller (born October 28, 1959) is the patriarch of the Keller family.

He is the husband of Suzette Keller the father of their eight children, Esther, Rebekah, Daniel, Priscilla, Anna, Susanna, Nathan, and David.

Early life

Michael Edward Keller was born on October 28, 1959. His parents and siblings are not known.

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

Personal life

Marriage

Michael married Lillie "Suzette" Stembridge on July 25, 1980, in Broward County, Florida.

Fatherhood

The couple has 8 children.

Their first child, daughter Esther Joy, was born on May 9, 1981. She is married to John Shrader. They have 12 children: Enoch Mathew, who was born on January 17, 2003, Alatheia Grace, who was born on March 13, 2004, Timothy Michael, who was born on August 2, 2005, Nehemiah James, who was born on January 20, 2007, Agape Faith, who was born on June 3, 2008, Elijah David, who was born on February 28, 2010, Charis Elisabeth, who was born on June 25, 2011, Sophia Joy, who was born on March 6, 2013, Stephen Lushomo, who was born on September 10, 2014, Isaiah Kasimpe, who was born on June 2, 2016, Caleb Zambia, who was born on January 2, 2018, and Joseph Tumelo, who was born on March 8, 2020.

Their second child, daughter Rebekah Ann, was born on May 15, 1983. She was previously married to Joshua McDonald. They have 2 children: Annabel, who was born in July 2005, and Alyssa, who was born on May 26, 2007. She is now married to Kevin Hunt.

Their third child, son Daniel Michael, was born on February 6, 1985. He was previously married to Candice Paine. They have 1 adopted child: Brighton Gabriel, who was born on July 14, 2012. He is now married to an unknown woman.

Their fourth child, daughter Priscilla Lynn, was born on July 3, 1986. She is married to David Waller. They have 5 children: Paul William, who was born on March 16, 2013, Davia Lynn, who was born on November 12, 2014, Phillip Andrew, who was born on October 19, 2016, Destiny Faith, who was born on October 2, 2018, and Peter David, who was born on May 6, 2020. They are currently expecting their sixth child, due in January 2022.

Their fifth child, daughter Anna Renée, was born on June 23, 1988. She is married to Joshua Duggar. They have 6 children: Mackynzie Renée, who was born on October 8, 2009, Michael James, who was born on June 15, 2011, Marcus Anthony, who was born on June 2, 2013, Meredith Grace, who was born on July 16, 2015, Mason Garrett, who was born on September 12, 2017, and Maryella Hope, who was born on November 27, 2019. They are currently expecting their seventh child, a daughter, due in Fall 2021. The couple suffered a miscarriage in 2010.

Their sixth child, daughter Susanna Grace, was born on May 29, 1992. She was previously in a relationship with Jonathan Walsh. They have 1 child: Noelle Brooklyn, who was born on January 24, 2013. She is now married to York Bridges. They have 1 child: Nash Edgar, who was born on April 20, 2021.

Their seventh child, son Nathan Edward, was born on April 23, 1996. He is married to Nurie Rodrigues. They are expecting their first child, a son, due on October 12, 2021.

Their eighth child, son David Nathaniel, was born on July 28, 1998. He is engaged to Hannah Reber.

Health

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

Career

Welder

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

Prison chaplain

Mike 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. He works for Rock of Ages Prison Ministry, Inc..

Author

Mike 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.

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