Keith has been transforming conflicts for almost 30 years. With a passion for individuals, churches, and church organizations, Keith’s practice includes mediation, facilitation, training and organizational change leadership. While Keith works with churches and related organizations of all sizes and circumstances, the more complex the circumstances, the happier he is.
Keith has lived much of his adult life as a nomad. In 1990, he moved with his family to Lesotho to work on behalf of a religious peacebuilding organization in the area of community development, human rights and political change. In the late 1990s, he lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was Assistant Director at the Lancaster Mediation Center and served on the board of the local restorative justice agency. Keith currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario where he also teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at Conrad Grebel University College/University of Waterloo. His training practice has included designing and delivering restorative justice and conflict resolution training programs (including in cross-cultural settings), and developing and implementing anti-racism training programs (primarily for religious institutions). In the midst of this diversity of work, assisting churches with their conflicts has been a consistent grounding for everything Keith has done.
Keith holds a BA (Hons) in political theory from the University of Winnipeg, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Masters in Theological Studies from University of Waterloo/Conrad Grebel University College.
Keith views his years as a nomad to be an asset to his work. Having learned to live and work comfortably in a wide range of cultural and denominational contexts, Keith is comfortable working wherever he is invited. Keith brings with him a deep respect for those whose lives, experiences, and values differ from his own. Keith engages the complexity of your context, holds the space, and invites you to open the door to whatever is next.