Mike Keahbone, senior pastor of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, will speak during OBU chapel service Wednesday, Nov. 6. He is a well-known pastor and speaker, having spoken at Falls Creek and many other venues.
Keahbone grew up in Elgin, Oklahoma, as the son of a full-blood Cherokee father and a Comanche and Kiowa mother. Though he comes from a proud Native American heritage, his family was ravaged by alcohol and drug addiction. His father was completely absent from his life and his mother was in and out of his life. His mother passed away at age 40 due to an alcohol-related illness.
Through all of the turmoil, pain and abandonment, Keahbone found hope. God put people in his life that loved him unconditionally and modeled the love of Jesus Christ for him. It was that love and example that led him to give his life to the Lord Nov. 1, 1990.
Keahbone felt the call to preach and teach scripture. He believes the storms he faced in life prepared and shaped him to preach the love, hope and comfort that can only come from the gospel of Jesus Christ. His preaching combines deep and practical teaching of Scripture with relevant humor, stories and principles for life change.“God has given me a clear, passionate vision to fulfill the calling of Colossians 1:28, to present everyone perfect in Christ.”