Pastor Keith Fletcher and his wife Sarah, who both grew up in Johnston City and in our youth group, were called back to our church November 2009. Prior to reentering full-time pastoral ministry, Keith worked in Christian publishing, 14 years at Randall House in Nashville, Tennessee, and 4 years in Chicago as denominational editor for Scripture Press. Keith and Sarah have written curriculum for the denomination and Sarah worked 11 years as editor/designer of the Free Will Baptist women’s ministry magazine. Prior to entering the publishing field, the Fletchers held various ministry positions churches in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Illinois.
Keith earned a B.A. at Welch College and an M.A. from Trevecca Nazerene University. Sarah also graduated from Welch College and received an M.A. in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. She is currently a licensed professional counselor and adult mental health therapist. This is in addition to her many responsibilities as a pastor’s wife, church pianist, and discipleship leader.
The Fletchers, who were childhood sweethearts, have been married since 1980 and have 2 sons, Aaron and Jesse, and a daughter, Hannah, who all live in the Nashville area. Aaron and his wife Marissa own a cute country cottage near Pleasant View. Hannah and her husband Daniel (also high school sweethearts) often extend Christian hospitality in a spacious bilevel in suburban Nashville. Jesse and his fiancee Lillian plan to marry in October 2018. Both of them currently live in Bellevue. The only grandchildren so far are the brilliant Isiah and beautiful Olivia, children of Grace, the Fletchers’ “adopted” Sudanese daughter. Keith and Sarah enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking, and experiencing the beauty of Gods creation.
The Fletchers have a passion for helping hurting people and ministering “outside the box” for God’s Kingdom work. International travel and their experiences in cross-cultural ministries (Brazil, Central Asia, China, working with Internationals in Chicago and Nashville, TN) have given them a heart for the world that is sometimes undervalued in small-town America. With a God-given knack for computers and technology, Keith describes himself as the “geekiest person” he knows who’s not on Facebook. Sarah’s passion for cooking for large crowds and hospitality to strangers is well known in our community as are her homemade cinnamon rolls and our deacons’ favorite Christmas presents: Swedish tea rings and “red pickles.”
Keith currently serves as treasurer for the Johnston City Ministerial Alliance, chaplain for the Johnston City Police Department, moderator for the South Central District Association of Free Will Baptists, and chairman on the Christian Education Board of the Illinois State Association of Free Will Baptists. Sarah spends her days off serving as Food Service Coordinator for the JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch (summer meals program) and is a certified Food Service Sanitation Manager.