Keith Drury is the chair of the Early Ministry Launch Initiative in The Division of Education and Clergy Development. His work is to help local churches provide a 1-2 year “Ministry Residency” to new graduates so they can get solid in-the-local-church practical training at the beginning of their ministry. He also works with the juniors and seniors at Wesleyan Colleges and Universities to network them with these churches.
He graduated from United Wesleyan College and Princeton Theological Seminary before joining the Wesleyan headquarters staff at age 26, serving in various capacities for 24 years including directing Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and Christian education. He “retired” from headquarters work at age 51 and spent the rest of his full-time ministry teaching practical ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where he served as one of the co-creators and curriculum designers of Wesley Seminary.
He is an avid outdoorsman, having hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail and since his retirement from teaching has bicycled with his wife more than a thousand miles a year. He has authored numerous books but his is greatest passion is practical training for ministry in a real-world environment.
Keith is married to Sharon and they have two sons, David and John.