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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, with whom he has 8 children, 31 grandchildren with 3 grandchildren on the way, and 1 step-grandchild.

Marriage

On July 25, 1980, Michael married Lillie Suzette Stembridge 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. Together, they have 12 children. Their first child, son Enoch Mathew, was born on January 17, 2003. Their second child, daughter Alatheia Grace, was born on March 13, 2004. Their third child, son Timothy Michael, was born on August 2, 2005. Their fourth child, son Nehemiah James, was born on January 20, 2007. Their fifth child, daughter Agape Faith, was born on June 3, 2008. Their sixth child, son Elijah Nathan, was born on February 28, 2010. Their seventh child, daughter Charis Elisabeth, was born on June 25, 2011. Their eighth child, daughter Sophia Joy, was born on March 6, 2013. Their ninth child, son Stephen Lushomo, was born on September 11, 2014. Their tenth child, son Isaiah Kasimpe, was born on June 2, 2016. Their eleventh child, son Caleb Zambia, was born on January 2, 2018. Their twelfth child, son Joseph Tumelo, was born on March 8, 2020. They are expecting their thirteenth child, Baby Shrader, due early October 2022.

Their second child, daughter Rebekah Ann, was born on May 15, 1983. She was previously married to Joshua McDonald. Together, they have 2 children. Their first child, daughter Annabel, was born on July 9, 2005. Their second child, daughter Alyssa, 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. Together, they have 1 child. Their only child, son Brighton Gabriel, was born on July 14, 2012. He is now married to an unknown woman. His wife has 1 child, a daughter, from a previous relationship.

Their fourth child, daughter Priscilla Lynn, was born on July 3, 1986. She is married to David Waller. Together, they have 6 children. Their first child, son Paul William, was born on March 16, 2013. Their second child, daughter Davia Lynn, was born on November 12, 2014. Their third child, son Phillip Andrew, was born on October 19, 2016. Their fourth child, daughter Destiny Faith, was born on October 2, 2018. Their fifth child, son Peter David, was born on May 6, 2020. Their sixth child, daughter Deborah Joy, was born on January 19, 2022.

Their fifth child, daughter Anna Renée, was born on June 23, 1988. She is married to Joshua Duggar. Together, they have 7 children. Their first child, daughter Mackynzie Renée, was born on October 8, 2009. Their second child, son Michael James, was born on June 15, 2011. Their third child, son Marcus Anthony, was born on June 2, 2013. Their fourth child, daughter Meredith Grace, was born on July 16, 2015. Their fifth child, son Mason Garrett, was born on September 12, 2017. Their sixth child, daughter Maryella Hope, was born on November 27, 2019. Their seventh child, daughter Madyson Lily, was born on October 23, 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. Together, they have 1 child. Their only child, daughter Noelle Brooklyn, was born on January 24, 2013. She is now married to York Bridges. Together, they have 1 child. Their only child, son Nash Edgar, was born on April 20, 2021.

Their seventh child, son Nathan Edward, was born on April 23, 1996. He is married to Nurie Rodrigues. Together, they have 1 child. Their only child, son Nehemiah David, was born on October 11, 2021. They are expecting their second child, son Baby Boy Keller, due November 2022.

Their eighth child, son David Nathaniel, was born on July 28, 1998. He is married to Hannah Reber. They are expecting their first child, daughter Baby Girl Keller, due November 2022.

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, Breaking the Bondage of Addictions and When Tragedy Hits You. They are written specifically for inmates, and are published by Freedom in Truth Ministries.

Television

Mike appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting as the father-in-law of Joshua Duggar.

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