Biography

Keithian L. Starling is a native of Albany, Georgia; and grew up in a single parent home in a poor neighborhood of drugs, gangs, and violence. Keithian started dealing and using illegal drugs at the age of eleven, and after being robbed by a drug addict bought a gun to protect himself.

 After being shot by gang members in the summer of 1992 with a sawed off shot-gun at a block party. Keithian became a very angry young man. He was known for robbing people, drug dealers, stores, and involved in gun fights with other rival street thugs. Law enforcement officers considered it a trophy to get Keithian off the streets. 

Keithian was so far behind in his work to past to the eighth grade. Due to constant incarceration, he dropped out of school. He abandoned himself to a life of drug dealing, partying, and crime. He spent most of his teenage and young adult life incarcerated.

In 1993 Keithian and another friend was sentenced to twelve months in a juvenile prison for aggravated assault.  After His release in 1994 he went back to a life of crime, and was present when another friend killed a drug addict in his presence during a drug deal. Keithian thought his life was over because he was present.  He was not charge in connection to the murder. He was called a menace to society by the judge in court and was sentenced eighteen months in Milledgeville YDC for being involved in a driveby shooting and drug possession.

Upon His release in 1997 Keithian began to deal lots of Marijuana.  During this time Keithian and friends stayed into fights with rival drug dealers.  Keithian had a friend die in His arms at a party in 1998 after being stabbed in the heart at a party, and in 1999 Keithian was slandered for the murder of one of His customers clients. The person responsible was later found and Keithian was found to be innocent.  He begin to want out of that life of crime, and drug dealing.  He was tired of running from God and His plan for His life. 

In 2000, while incarcerated in Albany, Georgia for four drug charges, Keithian began to seek to know God, His plan for his life, and how to be obedient to God by reading the Bible.  The Bible begin to change His thoughts about himself as a sinner, and the life he oncced lived without God.  God's love for sinners revealed in the Gospel motivated him to want to love God back by dedicating the rest of His life, and himself to God and his service.

He prayed and asked God to reveal His ways to him and a few days later he had the privilege of receiving Grace books by R.B. Theime Jr. from Ernest Smith of Lost & Found Ministries. Mr. Smith is a member of Albany Bible Church. These books opened his eyes to salvation—by grace, through faith—and how to live the unique spiritual life through the power of the spirit and the word of God. When he understood the doctrine of “Faith alone in Christ Faith alone for salvation, confession of sins & keep moving, Faith-rest, the filling of the Holy Spirit, and other doctrines taught by R.B. Theime Jr., He became a lover of truth and burdened for those suffering for lack of truth. Keithian started teaching the doctrine he was learning with the inmates, and guards. Keithian was sentenced three times

When he was released from prison in 2003, he continued his pursuit of doctrine at Albany Bible Church where Pete Daughtry is the Pastor-teacher.

From 2003-2006, while attending Albany Bible Church, God opened doors for Keithian to visit schools, prisons, jails, youth detention centers presenting the gospel and basic procedures to living the Christian life.  He also shared how he found deliverance from a life of crime.

In 2004 Keithian went a community college and got His G.E.D and started pursuing getting a diploma as a Radiology Technician. After the first two courses he dropped out and enrolled in seminary through extension at Tyndale Theological seminary in order to be a better trained minister of the Word.

From July 2004 to August 2006, Keithian worked for Nanze Springs Water Company as a salesman. While working at this company his daily route brought him in contact with many who needed the gospel. This kindled his desire to do full time mission work. He begin to see what the Lord meant by “the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few”.

In May, 2006, Keithian move to Nashville Tennessee to volunteer at  Grace Evangelistic Ministries, a missionary organzation. While working for Grace Evangelistic Ministries and reading many letters from prisoners that he had been communicated with.  Keithian sensed the call by God to go back as a missionary into the prisons, jails, and detention centers, taking them the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and sound Bible teaching. Therefore he incorporated Grace Prison Ministries in April of 2008.

Currently, Keithian teaches weekly at two Nashville Tennessee jails, and two state prisons. He travels to youth detention centers, jail and prisons in Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Pennslvaia, Indiana, Texas, and where ever God opens the door. Keithian shares our Lord’s heart for the lost, and a heart for prisoners. He has already walked a mile in their shoes and knows that the only way for them to change is by becoming a new creature in Christ and renewing the mind. The grace and love of God have transformed his life and now he is reaching out sharing the truth that set him free.