Keith Buxton is the National Director for Bridges for Peace Australia and will be our special guest speaker on Sunday 19th March 2017 at our 9.30am service.
Born in 1945 and raised in England, Keith graduated in European Studies and Russian from the Universities of Sussex and Geneva (Switzerland). He was employed in the UK in personnel management in the computer industry, and in 1973 he migrated to Adelaide with his wife Trixie, where he worked as a personnel officer in the South Australian Public Service Board.
In 1976 he commenced ordination studies at the South Australian Baptist Theological College, in the process obtaining a BD Hons degree from the Melbourne College of Divinity. During this time he planted a new church.
In 1980, together with their first three children Daniel, Esther and Susanna, they left Australia for missionary service in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, where their fourth child Timothy was born, and where he taught at the Baptist Theological College in Jayapura in Irian Jaya (now Papua).
Between 1985 and 2006 he pastored two churches in South Australia and Queensland. Keith assumed his present role as Australian National Director of Bridges for Peace in April 2006 after serving on the National Board for 2 years. He has also served on the International Board of Bridges for Peace.
It was during the 90’s that he had come to understand clearly how important (and biblical) it was for Christians to stand with and bless Israel and the Jewish people. This was cemented during a visit to Israel with a group of pastors in 1999.
Keith seeks to address current issues in the Middle East, and ensure that these are understood in the context of the spiritual "big picture", which is vital. He travels to Israel two or three times a year, which includes leading an annual tour group.
Through this he in a position to answer a wide range of questions such as:
– What connections biblically do Christians have with Israel and the Jewish people?
– What really is going on in Israel?
– Who can we really believe?
– Why should the Christian community here in Australia care?