MEET OUR STAFF:
“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” isn’t just a slogan, says Father Keith. “It’s our way of life!”
Father Keith Axberg, our priest, was born in Seattle, attended Washington State University, worked as police officer in Spokane for a time, and attended seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was ordained as a priest in l985. Having served congregations in a number of places, he came to Trinity in 2012. He serves as Rector for both Trinity Episcopal in Jeffers and St. Paul’s in nearby Virginia City. He and wife Barb have two children, David and Jennifer, who are grown and living in California and Washington respectively.
Father Keith is on the Diocese of Montana’s governing board, and in 2015 he travelled to Salt Lake City for the Triennial meeting of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
In addition to his duties as parish priest for two congregations, Father Keith also writes a bi-weekly column for THE MADISONIAN entitled “This, Our Valley.” He also publishes a Blog, which one can access on this site, and also at the following: http://fatherkeithponders.blogspot.com/. He has written several Christmas plays, which are used at Trinity as well as elsewhere. “This is the first time I’ve ever come to understand why Christmas is so important,” said a member of Trinity, following last year’s performance.
Father Keith makes time to join with locals in the community at Yesterday’s Café at the Ennis Pharmacy most Monday mornings at 9 a.m. Do join him for conversation. Come on down, pull up a chair, and visit for a spell; the topics are diverse.
Father Keith also joins with the Ennis Community choir each autumn as they practice for their Christmas presentations in December. He video records these Christmas songs, crafting keepsake DVDs.
Father Keith has a camera at the ready for taking shots of local wildlife. He can also be found in his workbench at home, crafting pieces of art, using his wood-burning expertise.
Once Trinity Episcopal Church’s remodel, restoration, and renovation is complete, you will also likely find Father Keith, floating around the church in Jeffers taking care of church affairs. He’d love to show you around and share some tea or coffee with you. Do pop in for a visit in our historically preserved church.