The SGC Team​

We are a group of educators, cross-cultural missionaries, pastors, and ministry leaders with a passion to serve the needs of the body of Jesus Christ around the world.

Our Board of Directors

Tim Keep

Founder and President

Rev. Timothy Keep and his wife Becky pastored for five years in the USA and served for thirteen years as missionaries to the Philippines where they trained and equipped rising Christian leaders. They have been blessed with three daughters, two sons, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren! From 2010 to 2022 Tim served as the Missions Director for the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches, USA. In 2012 Tim founded Shepherds Global Classroom and serves as its President.Tim and Becky have written three books together including Eyes to See: Glimpses of God in the Dark, It’s All About Obedience: One Woman’s Discovery of a Fruitful Life in a Foreign Land, and All is Well: Finding the Great Heart of God When a Child Walks Away. In June 2023 Tim, with Becky will publish Keep it Simple: Reflections on the Character, Habits, and Practices of Christians Who Lead.Tim holds a BA in Intercultural Studies and an MA in Pastoral Theology. He enjoys being with his family, daily routine, walking four miles a day (most days), playing golf and kayaking once or twice a year, traveling to new places, experiencing new cultures, and training and discipling Christian leaders.

Keith Waggoner

Pastor of Grace Bible Church

Rev. Keith Waggoner is Lead Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a multi-ethnic, diverse congregation with three campuses in Idaho. He holds a BA in Church Music with a minor in Bible and Theology. He has served on the board of directors for Appalachian Youth Camp and is currently an Advisory Board Member for Youth Challenge. Keith’s passion is to build the big “C” Church whether it be on a local, national or global level equipping, empowering and mentoring young Christian leaders.

Dr. Danny McCain

Founder of Global Scholars

Dr. Danny McCain is the founder and International Ambassador of Global Scholars and serves in the Department of Religion and Philosophy in the University of Jos, as Professor of Biblical Theology. He holds a BA in Biblical Education, MA’s in both Bible and Theology, and a PhD in New Testament Interpretation. He developed a training program used in 2 public universities in Nigeria which has trained hundreds of Christian leaders and laymen. He has also worked closely with the Nigerian Ministry of Education, developing material for teachers of Christian Religious Education.

Michael Avery

Founder of Deeper Life Ministries

Dr. Michael Avery is Chancellor of God’s Bible School & College where he served as president for 22 years. He is an ordained elder in the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches with whom he pastored for 10 years, served as the Director for Foreign Missions for 5 years, and served as the General Connectional Chairman for 8 years. He maintains an active schedule of speaking in camp meetings, revivals, conventions, and conferences. His passion is the Deeper Life Conferences that he leads both nationally and internationally.

Troy Keaton

Pastor of Eastlake Community Church

Rev. Troy Keaton pastored for several years in the inner-city of Dayton Ohio, working largely with low income and troubled youth. He then pastored for 5 years in Tennessee before taking on a brand new church planting challenge in Moneta, VA. Today, Eastlake Community Church is a growing ministry where many souls have found the Lord and dozens “deployed” into the harvest field. Troy invests much of his life not only in preaching and teaching, but in developing spiritual leaders and in training the next generation of church planters.

Dr. Mark Bird

Professor of Theology at God's Bible School and College

Dr. Mark Bird is Professor of Theology at God’s Bible School & College in Cincinnati, Ohio and teaches classes in theology, philosophy, and evangelism. He holds a B.R.E in Education, an MS in Secondary Education, an MA in Theology, and a D. Min in theology and apologetics. He has authored 2 books on apologetics: How Can You Be Sure, and Defending Your Faith.

Dr. David Croteau

Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry at Columbia International University

David A. Croteau (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry at Columbia International University. He teaches New Testament and Greek courses and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Seminary Deans’ Council, and the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents. Dr. Croteau has taught in Tanzania, Kenya, South Korea, India, Nepal, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. He has published several books and articles, such as Urban Legends of the New TestamentUrban Legends of the Old Testament, and Tithing After the Cross.

Dr. Steve Gibson

President of Evangelistic Faith Missions

Stephen Gibson is president of Evangelistic Faith Missions and director of Holiness Pilgrim Mission. He is married, with six children and eight grandchildren.

His ministry has included pastoring, foreign mission work, Bible college teaching and administration, Christian school teaching and administration, and writing. He pastored Victory Chapel, a diverse inner-city church in Indianapolis, for five years.

He lived in Ukraine with his family for five years and served Kiev Wesley Bible College in the roles of professor, academic dean, and president. During that time he also taught classes at other colleges and preached in churches in Ukraine and Russia.

He has taught at Union Bible College, Allegheny Wesleyan College, and God’s Bible College. His courses have included intercultural studies, biblical studies, and urban ministry.

He graduated from Union Bible College with a Th.B., from Wesley Biblical Seminary with an M.A. in Theology, from Louisiana Baptist University with an M.A. in Biblical Studies, and from Grace Theological Seminary with a D. Min.

He is ordained by the Pilgrim Holiness Church.

Books written by Gibson include The Prosperity Prophets; Steps of GraceThe Sincerity of God: A Demonstration of the Wesleyan Promise HermeneuticHelp from the Little Red Hen: Reversing Poverty with Responsibility; and Cultivate: A Discipleship Lesson Series.

Books edited by Gibson include I Believe: Fundamentals of the Christian Faith and A Timeless Faith: John Wesley for the 21 st Century.

Gibson is a board member and writer for Shepherds Global Classroom. His courses include Christian BeliefsFaith Traditions of the WorldBiblical Evangelism and Discipleship, and Ministry Leadership.

David Eslinger

Engineering Advisor for Schlumberger

David Eslinger is an Engineering Advisor for Schlumberger, an oilfield service company and has spent much of his career designing reciprocating and centrifugal pumps. Some of his other activities include teaching a Sunday School class, participating in the Gideon ministry, reading, and collecting and restoring 16th and 17th century English Bibles.

Harold Martin

President of FEA Ministries

Harold Martin serves as president of Florida Evangelistic Association, a diverse, cross-cultural, missionary-sending ministry reaching into 14 countries. He holds a BA in Intercultural Studies. He is also a licensed pilot and A&P mechanic. For 14 years he served with Missionary Flights International, an organization that serves over 400 mission agencies in the Caribbean. He orchestrated MFI’s disaster response efforts following Haiti’s massive earthquake in 2010 and rose through the leadership ranks of MFI to be its executive vice-president.

Joel Hood

CFO of PraxiPower Inc.

Joel Hood has worked in various financial roles over the past 10 years, and currently fills the role of CFO of PraxiPower Inc., a software business primarily serving Christian K-12 schools, as well as two other organizations. Joel is actively involved in his local church and has served on various church boards in a Financial Advisor role.

Our Staff

Tim Keep

Founder and President

Dr. Randall McElwain

Director of Global Training

Tim Keep Jr.

Director of Communication

Becky Keep

Assistant to the President

Justin LePage Accountant

Justin LePage