Jimmy O’Keefe

Jimmy O'Keefe

Jimmy was born into a large, Irish Catholic family. He was educated in Catholic schools, but (much to the embarrassment of his family) was expelled from Mater Dei High. Jimmy continued his education (and rebellion) at Anaheim High School. It was during those high school years that he began drinking and experimenting with drugs. It was during that same period in his life when he began to hear of many kids on campus “getting saved” after attending concerts in a small chapel and later, in a “tent” in Costa Mesa, California. His rebellion and recklessness continued until the summer of 1979 when – following the death of his younger brother and in the midst of a very tumultuous time in his life – he finally “surrendered” and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Jimmy’s conversion was radical and the transformation in his life was immediate. The drug & alcohol abuse was quickly replaced by a hunger for the Word of God and a great desire to serve the Lord. He joined the pastoral staff of Harvest Christian Fellowship (a Calvary Chapel affiliate) in Riverside, California in 1983 and was “sent out” by the church to the Washington, DC area in 1987. In addition to establishing an office for A New Beginning (the radio & television ministry of Pastor Greg Laurie), Jimmy began teaching Bible studies in the suburbs of Washington, DC. After several months, the Virginia group birthed a church, which became known as Harvest Christian Fellowship of Reston, Virginia. It was both an honor and great privilege for him to pastor the dear people of that wonderful congregation for 25 years.

Since his departure from HCF Reston he has focused his ministry efforts and energies as an itinerant pastor and teacher. In addition, he serves here at Cornerstone Chapel where his responsibilities involve prayer, hospital visits, and encouragement as a member of the Care Team.

In closing, he would like to acknowledge Kathy, his patient, loving, and beautiful wife. They are the parents of five incredible children, three wonderful daughters-in-law, a son-in-law and 9 grandchildren (with number 10 on the way). Truly, God is good!