Ministering As: Guatemala Field Director
Children: Kristyn, Owen, Megan, Jeren, and Ashlyn
Keith and Crystal Schaper have served with EFM since April 2014. They live in Bedford, IN where Keith serves as Director of Donor Relations at the EFM office while working to transfer leadership of Hope Evangelical Bilingual Academy to national believers.
Born in Independence, Kansas, Crystal was raised as a missionary kid (MK) in Papua New Guinea from the time she was 2 until she was almost 17. When she was 5, she gave her heart to Jesus, and when she was 7 years old, God sanctified her. Being a MK, she always had a love for missions. When she was 16 years old, God spoke to her, asking if she would be willing to commit her entire life to His ministry. “I didn’t know what all that would include, but my answer was “YES!” It’s been a privilege working for God in many different ways and now in overseas missions work.” Her primary role is supporting Keith and training their five children for God.
Keith was born in Coffeyville, KS. He was 17 when God saved him at Ochelata Youth Camp in Oklahoma, and he was sanctified a few months later during a local revival. He received a call to ministry in Mesa, Arizona during his senior year in high school. “At that time I had no idea what that would mean or where it would lead,” he says, “God’s faithfulness has been ever present during all the twists and turns that followed, but saying ‘yes’ to God has been rewarding and exciting.”
Both Keith and Crystal earned degrees as licensed practical nurses from Labette Community College in 2002. Keith studied pastoral ministry at Hobe Sound Bible College. He then served as principal of Troy Holiness School from 2005-2014, led children’s ministry during his time there, and served as assistant director of Ochelata Youth Camp. Crystal’s past experience includes helping her parents with ministry in Papua New Guinea, teaching Sunday school classes, and leading children’s ministry.
Keith and Crystal have five children: Kristyn, Owen, Megan, Jeren, and Ashlyn.