Keith Madsen is a writer and minister who has served churches in Kansas, Washington, Oregon and New Jersey. Since December of 2015 he has been retired and working more exclusively on writing and promoting his writing.
In his pastoral capacity he has counseled many families who have lost children and teenagers, a central part of the story in his work of inspirational fiction, Searching for Eden. He has also had an intense personal interest not only in the biblical stories about human origins, but also in historical and archaeological research into that subject. He has long thought that had he not become a minister, he would have liked to have become an archaeologist.
Keith has had a love of writing all of his life. He has used his writing talents in a variety of ways, including writing fiction, composing material for religious education, and writing plays for use in church and community theater. He has also done some acting himself, having particularly enjoyed playing the roles of Jack (C.S.) Lewis in Shadowlands, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Porfiry in Crime and Punishment. This background in drama has helped him both with character development and his dramatic touch in writing novels. Keith finds that being part of characters come alive is one of his greatest life pleasures.
Keith's non-fiction writing has included writing small group materials for church use, principally through the old Serendipity House publishing. Keith has also tried his hand at the military memoires of family members, including one with his father (Standing Colors, Outskirts Press), and one he wrote with his uncle Ron, and is currently seeking to market, Going Through the Fire: Memoires of a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam.
Keith lives in North Bend, Washington with his wife Cathy (pictured with Keith). Together they have four adult daughters (Jennifer, Angela, Carina and Kayla), an adult son (Brandon), and ten grandchildren.