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First Baptist Church of Abbeville

307 North Main St

Abbeville, SC 29620

Phone: 864 366-2597

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Our Staff

Dr. John W. Keith, Pastor


Pastor Keith considers Corbin, Kentucky to be his home. He comes from a long line of Baptist preachers—his grandfather Andrew Keith served as a pastor in Southeastern Kentucky for fifty years and his father, John A. Keith was a bi-vocational pastor for over thirty years. His only brother, Mark Keith has been in the gospel ministry over thirty years and is currently serving in central Kentucky as a pastor.

 John received his B.A. degree from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky in 1973 and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1976. John went on to earn his Doctor of Ministry Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1986.

John has always been interested in evangelism and missions. His doctoral project was in developing an evangelistic approach to multifamily housing projects and he has served as a trustee to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

John has served as a pastor for forty five years—first in Kentucky, then in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Utah, and currently in South Carolina. In December of 2011 John became the pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Abbeville, South Carolina.

John and his wife Linda Jean have five children  (two sons and three daughters) and ten grandchildren. John’s oldest daughter is married to a church planter in Lehigh Acres, Florida, and his youngest daughter is serving with her husband in Japan with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.



Moses A. Aleman, Jr.

Minister of Music and Senior Adults


Moses grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Texas Wesleyan College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Church Music degree in 1979.  Moses has served on church staffs in Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.  He has served Abbeville First Baptist since 1994.


Moses is married to the former Donna Pressley of Easley, South Carolina.  They met while they were both students at Southwestern.  Donna works with the Abbeville County School District. The Alemans have three adult sons, Christopher, Jonathan, and Patrick.

They are also proud grandparents to six grandchildren.


When not busy with his church responsibilities, Moses enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  He is also active in the South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen, who present concerts all across the state and occasionally in other parts of the world as well.


Daniel Royster, Student Pastor


I was born and raised in Anderson, SC where I graduated from TL Hanna High School. Following high school I earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University (2005) and a Master of Christian Ministry from North Greenville University (2009). I was blessed to marry the love of my life, Caitlin, (2001) after having known her since the seventh grade. God has blessed us with two wonderful boys, Pierce (2001) and Cole (2008). 


I have had the pleasure of serving Jesus in full time Christian Ministry since 2005, first at Eureka Baptist Church in Anderson (2005-2010) and now here at First Baptist Abbeville (2010-present). God’s calling on my life is to minister to students and their families. My heart’s desire is to help students and parents grow in their faith, knowledge, and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ through intentional discipleship.


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