Reverend Dr. Juenarrl Keith

 

Juenarrl Keith is the son of the late Nathaniel Keith Jr. and Cathlean Odeila McCants Keith.  Juenarrl Keith attended public schools in Georgetown, South Carolina graduating from high school at the age of seventeen; he completed the requirements for the B. A. degree in 1988 from Morris College, a distinguished historical Black Higher Education Institution of Sumter, South Carolina from which his wife is also a graduate.  He earned the Master of Arts degree from Webster University (Charleston Graduate Center) Saint Louis, MO. in 1989. 

 

Dr. Keith completed a Post-Master Certificate in Child Mental Health, sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the University of South Carolina, Columbia SC.  After three years of theological study at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina, he was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree in 1997.  He enrolled in graduate studies at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey completing his residence for the doctorate in 2000 and receiving the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2002. In 2001, he completed his clinical pastoral education training at Bon Secour Saint Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Keith completed additional studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.  Dr. Keith is a graduate of the 2005 Class of the South Carolina Executive Institute sponsored by the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, Columbia, SC. Both the University of Southern California and Harvard Universities provided the academic trainings.

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Dr. Keith accepted Christ at the age of 15 years-old at Revival under the Reverend J.J. Grant.  He accepted the call to ministry at the age of 17.  He was ordained and Itinerant Deacon in 1989, Itinerant Elder in 1990 by the Right Reverend Frederick Calhoun James.

 

In Andrews he met and married Anna Marie Snipes, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and creative arts.  Two sons, Juenarrl Nathaniel, Jonathan William and one daughter Ashley Marie, were born into the family. They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: Jarell, Jrue, Juenarrl III, Jay, and Jackson.

 

Simultaneously, as a father & husband, Ordained Clergy and a Mental Health Professional, Dr. Keith became keenly aware that mental health deals with that which is of central importance to churches and the faith community, the wholeness and fulfillment of people.  Thus, his career in community mental health began as a volunteer/intern at the Santee-Wateree Mental Health Center, Sumter, SC.  In 1989, he became employed at Waccamaw Center for Mental Health.  Since then, Dr. Keith has worked in outpatient services as a Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapist, Director of Minority Outreach Services, Director of a free-standing Outpatient Specialty Office, Assistant Executive Director, and Interim Executive Director.  Dr. Keith has served on Executive and Management Level Teams for the past sixteen years. Dr. Keith has received training and certification to include but not necessarily limited to: Play Therapy, Procurement, Timekeeper, HIPPA, Employment Evaluation for Supervisors, Disaster Planning and Preparation, Administering and Scoring the CAFAS.  His training record extends from Leadership Development to Executive Management is exceptional.   Dr. Juenarrl Keith served as the Assistant Director/Chief of Clinical services for The Pee Dee Mental Health Center serving Darlington, Florence, and Marion Counties of South Carolina.

 

In 1989, Juenarrl Keith was assigned to the pastorate of the Thomas Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in East Andrews, South Carolina.  Subsequently, because of his leadership skills in mobilizing, evangelizing and revitalizing rural congregations, he gave excellent leadership to Singleton Chapel, Hopewell-Hemingway, Saint Paul-Plantersville, Greater Zion-Awendaw, and Mount Pisgah – Sumter, SC. Always a strong worker for equality and a positive mental health practitioner Keith was, by this time, an ordained Itinerant Elder in the historic African Methodist Episcopal Church where he serves in several leadership positions.  He served as the distinguished pastor of Williams Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Orangeburg, South Carolina.  The Reverend Dr. Juenarrl Keith serves as the Dean of Christian Education for the 7th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (South Carolina.)  He previously served as The Presiding Elder of The Outstanding Orangeburg District and currently serves as Presiding Elder of the Mount Pleasant District and the Seventh Episcopal District Accountant under the leadership of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District.

 

 

Keith has practiced for over 25 years as a member of the Healing Arts Professional.  In 1995, he received credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners for Counselors, therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists.  In 1997, by the same board he was credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.  In 2006 the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners for Counselors, Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisors credential him at the doctoral level.  He is licensed as a Board Certified Counselor by the American Psychotherapy Association. Keith is also a licensed social worker by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.  Dr. Keith is a Board Certified Professional Counselor for the American Psychotherapy Association. In 2019, he was credential as a License Addiction Counselor by South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Professional Board.

 

Dr. Keith is a member of several professional, civic and communication organizations to include but not necessarily limited to:  The Association of Counseling and Development, The Action Council for Cross Cultural Training and Education, the Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP, Iota Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Georgetown, SC and the Free & Accepted Masonry Order, Sampit Lodge # 426.

 

As preacher, teacher and supervisor, he is known for his wealth and diverse experience as a post-modern practitioner. Dr. Keith has taught at Allen University, Columbia, SC, where he also served as a Counselor/Consultant in the Division of Student Life.  In addition, Dr. Keith has taught at Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, and Williamsburg Technical College, Kingstree, SC.  He has served as Field Counseling Practicum Supervisor/Advisor for South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC and Webster University, Saint Louis, MO.

Sister Anna Keith

Mrs. Anna Marie Snipes-Keith was born in Georgetown, SC and raised in Andrews with her parents, the late Lilly and Acy Snipes. Anna is the youngest of five children. She graduated from the public schools of Georgetown County. She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Morris College, Sumter, SC and the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Anna completed additional graduate studies at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA and The University of South Carolina.

 

Mrs. Anna Keith is employed by Georgetown County School District as a Mathematics Teacher at Carvers Bay High School. She has taught in Williamsburg, Charleston, Sumter and Richland counties. Anna is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves as the Episcopal President for the Seventh Episcopal District Minister Spouses and Widows Organization Plus Preacher Kids. She is also a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Mrs. Anna Keith is married to the Reverend Dr. Juenarrl Keith. They are the proud parents of three children (Juenarrl Nathaniel, Jonathan William, & Ashley Marie) and one grandson, Jarell Matthew Keith.