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Dr. Jim Keena

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Jim Keena was senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church (Redeemer Church) of Bozeman from 2008 through early 2020 when he joined the faculty at YTI. He completed his Doctor of Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, in 2024. His primary area of study is preaching. Prior to coming to Bozeman, he was associate pastor for three years at Long Grove (Illinois) Community Church and senior pastor for 13 years at Siloam Springs Bible Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for over 40 years and have seven children, four sons-in-law, and ten grandchildren. He loves traveling, taking photos, hiking, and cheering for his favorite teams – the Montana State University Bobcats and St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.


  • DMin, Western Seminary
  • PhD Educational studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MA in Ministry, Moody Graduate School
  • MDiv studies, Covenant Seminary
  • BA, Arizona College of the Bible

Theological Interests

Dr. Keena’s passion is teaching God’s Word, pastoring God’s people and equipping the next generation of Christian leaders. His goal is to prepare future pastors, teachers and leaders to thrive in Christian ministry. He has served as an adjunct instructor and guest lecturer at several schools during his long career.

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