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Alumnus' Mission to Awaken and Revive Churches

by Office of Marketing | Feb 27, 2015
Keith Edwards '84
Keith Edwards, D.Min., ’85 has experienced quite a journey since graduating from the University of Valley Forge (UVF). He served in a variety of ministerial positions, built a family and witnessed firsthand the faithfulness of God.
 
Following graduation, Edwards went on to receive a master's degree in pastoral counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1992. In 2006, he earned a doctorate in ministry, specializing in leadership and coaching at Regent University. Edwards grew as a leader while serving in the Potomac District Council Office in the roles of church planting director and U.S. missions director.
 
Driven by a compelling love for the church, Edwards now serves the National Office of the Church Multiplication Network as a coach for future church planters. He is also passionate about working toward the restoration of churches that have grown tired or even split. Edwards says his drive is his belief that, “the church is the hope of the world.” According to Edwards, “There’s nothing that works better than when God’s church is working.” His desire is to see young men and women awaken and help revive churches. He has also written a curriculum for coaching church planters. 
 
In 2011, Edwards became the lead pastor of Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, Va. There, he serves with several staff members who are graduates of UVF. His well- rounded background in ministry includes positions as youth pastor, music pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor. His most recent involvement prior to Centerpointe Church was at Trinity Assembly of God in Lutherville, Md., where he served for five years as the pastor of discipleship/missions ministries.  
 
Edwards married his college sweetheart, Esther (Colby) Edwards, in 1988. He fell head over heels for her in the registration line upon entering UVF. They have four daughters: Stephanie, Brittany, Kristi and Melanie.  
 
The Edwards family has overcome a number of obstacles together through God’s faithfulness. Edwards’ oldest daughter was diagnosed with a severe case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a child; her illness was a hardship the family did not anticipate. However, God miraculously healed her, and she has been free of the disease for 14 years. 

Instead of suffering with the illness and limiting her activities due to joint pain and stiffness, she successfully earned a master's degree in piano performance. Edwards is proud of her achievements and considers her musical gift to be a reflection of God’s greatness.
 
Edwards is thankful for God’s guidance and sovereignty in his life. The adventures of family, ministry and spiritual growth, according to Edwards, are worth the trying times. He says, “We could not know how amazing God’s healing is without knowing of sickness.” 

Edwards has an inspiring blog, which can be viewed at lovingandleading.blogspot.com.