Keith Tarkington – Student Pastor

TARKINGTON-KEITH-51Keith & his wife, Debbie, came to Oaklawn in July of 2005. He was born in Malvern, Ar., but grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area where he graduated from a Christian High School and was called by God into full-time ministry when he was 17 yrs. old. He received his ministry training from Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Texas. As of June 2013, he has been in full-time youth ministry for 33 years. It is his passion! Some might think he’s too old to still be in youth ministry, but God is still using him to reach this generation of teens. He has served at 3 other churches and 2 Christian schools as coach and athletic director. He says this about student ministry, “Teens may not remember how much you know, but they will always remember how much you cared!”  Keith & Debbie celebrated 33 years of marriage in July 2013. They have 2 grown sons, Ryan & Sean. Ryan is married (Jessica) and has two sons (Dallas & Memphis) and he is a youth pastor in Sheridan, Arkansas. Sean is working at a Christian Camp in California.