Office of the President
The Office of the President gives leadership and guidance to the efforts, activities and committees of the Arizona Conference.
Ed Keyes is the newly elected President of the Arizona Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is transitioning from the Nevada-Utah Conference where he was President for nearly two years.
Keyes was hugely successful in his ministry in Arizona as Executive Secretary and Ministerial Director for 11 years prior to his move to Reno. When the presidency became available, his name topped the list of candidates and the Executive Committee extended the call January 5, 2015. After prayerful consideration, he accepted the call and began work January 17.
“I loved the challenges we faced in the Reno-Nevada Conference,” he said, “and I think some major achievements were accomplished. I know the team there will work hard to carry on. Lillian and I look forward to returning to Arizona to continue our ministry with a team we already know as family!”
Keyes was born in Jersey City, New Jersey where the street life of the inner city was his daily fare. Attending 5,000-student William L. Dickinson High School, he had experiences that would later translate into some pretty amazing sermons. Truly God spared his life many times as he lived on the wrong side of the law and had numerous brushes with death.
His mother, a Free Will Methodist, and his father, a Southern Baptist, taught him to believe in God. But he was more consumed with living a fast-paced life on the streets with his brother and two sisters.
On April 24, 1981 he gave his life to Christ and was born again. He began attending the Church of Bible Understanding, then made his way back to the Baptist Church. A year later he attended a Prophecy Seminar held in a local firehouse near Atlantic City, NJ and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
As a paramedic in Atlantic City working to save lives, he felt called to save souls. He began his college studies at Washington Adventist University and married his best friend, Lillian. They have served the church in team ministry for more than 30 years.
The Keyes are blessed with two wonderful children. Andrew, a medical student at Loma Linda University, is married to Rhina. Becky, studying to be a speech therapist in Birmingham, Alabama, is married to dental student Harrison Filler.
Keyes has served as pastor, evangelist, church planter, academy teacher, administrator, ministerial secretary, executive secretary and president while working in the Potomac, New Jersey, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada-Utah Conferences. He has conducted evangelistic meetings, weeks of prayer, and training seminars in more than half the conferences in the North American Division. His foreign mission trips include the Middle East, Cuba, Mexico, Russia and the Philippines.
Keyes recently experienced a dramatic change in his health though exercise and following the principals of health as taught by the Adventist church. After losing nearly 120 pounds he realized anything is possible through God's grace. Now it is his passion to help others experience abundant life in Jesus and well as eternal life. He and Lillian are so thankful to be able to serve God in the Arizona Conference.
Executive Administrative Assistant