About Me

   Rev Keeter

I am a husband, father, grandfather, brother, grandson, and son, but most importantly I am a Child of God.  I am the Pastor of GracePoint Church in Thomaston, Georgia, a chaplain with Bridgeway Hospice, and hold a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice University and Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University. I have been preaching and serving in ministry since 1980.


2 responses to “About Me

  1. Pam Walters

    February 26, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for Pastor Derrick, what is your theology on cremation, is it biblical?

    • revderrickkeeter

      February 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      The soul is not affected by cremation. The destiny of our soul is determined by the Cross. The blood of Jesus is not limited by whether our temporary bodies rot in the dirt or are scorched in an oven.
      The body ends up being the same substance either way…bones. And the bones end up being dust.
      God can resurrect us to new, eternal bodies from the same dust and DNA He started with, whether that dust is in the ground or in an urn, or scattered somewhere. He is God. He created everything from nothing. Resurrection of our bodies is relatively simple for an all-powerful God.
      Having said all of that, I do not recommend nor prefer cremation. I feel that it is a dishonorable means of treating the body God gave us, and throughout history cremation has been directly linked to pagan religions and heathen cultures. My choice will be ground burial. In fact, I have strongly considered a “green” burial: No embalming, no casket, no vault. Just placed in burial cloth, dropped into the earth in a wicker basket and covered up. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. There is such a cemetery in Conyers and I intend to visit it one day and perhaps arrange for my interment there.
      Thanks for asking Pam! I hope my response was helpful.


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