Keith Swehla

CrossBridge Community, Missouri
Lead Church Planter
Fenton Missouri
CrossBridge Community

About My Family

My wife and I got married in May of 1985, and we were preparing to get a divorce in 1989—BUT GOD! He had other plans. In November 1989, I trusted in Jesus Christ, and my wife trusted in Christ a year later. Today we are very happily married and serving the Lord in ministry now for 23 years.

We have three adult children, Keith, Kelly and Kyle, and one grandchild, Jaden, who is 5 years old.

About My Church Plant

We were involved in youth ministry for 17 years until the Lord called us to head back to St. Louis to plant a church. We began preparing to plant in 2012, and in September of 2016, we launched CrossBridge Community Church in the Fenton community.

NAMB Church Planting

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My wife and I became believers after the birth of our first two children, and as of today, they are not following the Lord. Our prayer is for Keith and Kelly. Pray that the Lord would open their hearts of understanding so they can respond to the gospel truth! We are also seeking prayer that the Lord would begin to add daily those who are being saved at our church. We are also seeking prayer for our vision to plant a church organically every few years.


We have many programs on Sunday for the Down syndrome community. You can help get the word out. We are also seeking to organically plant churches from within every few years. Contact us if you would like to help.
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