“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Keith has led Edmond's First music and worship ministries since 2008, serving as the Fine Arts Pastor. Keith and his wife, Risa, are passionate about walking with Christ daily and leading their family to do the same. With two adult daughters, Laura and Brooke, Brooke’s husband Chris, and their three beautiful granddaughters, Lorelai Grace, Elena Faith, and Emma Joy, the Haygoods keep themselves busy with all sorts of family activities.
Keith was raised in a close-knit family in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Keith says he received traits from both of his parents. From his father he received his love for the outdoors. “My father instilled in me a love for hunting and fishing, which I still enjoy doing with him to this day.”
From his mother he received his musical talent and his love for making music. Keith’s mother has served as church pianist at their home church for over 40 years. “Mom taught private piano and voice lessons so that she could afford to pay for piano, voice and trumpet lessons for my sister and me.”
Keith’s life verse is Romans 12:1-2: I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Keith strives to apply that verse, giving his best, to God in every aspect of his life.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is a published composer and arranger. Much of the music we enjoy at Edmond's First was written and/or arranged by Keith.
For nearly six years, Keith served as Worship and Music Ministries Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Keith’s testimony of coming to Edmond's First is as follows: Risa and I began to sense God doing a new thing in us. We very soon came to the conclusion that God was directing us to once again use our gifts at the local church level. I have always been a worship leader and never ceased being a worship leader.
During Keith’s tenure at the BGCO, he served as interim minister of music in ten churches across Oklahoma, led worship for youth weeks at Falls Creek and served as a clinician/conference leader all across the United States.
Keith’s vision for the Fine Arts Ministry of Edmond's First is to encourage all of our musicians to be worship leaders. Whether one is involved in the Celebration Choir and Orchestra, is serving on the Audio/Visual team or is leading a preschool/children’s choir, his main concern is to lead the congregation in “Bringing Offerings of Praise to an Audience of One.”