Keith was born in Houston, TX where he lived until enrolling at Texas A&M. He started his studies to be a Computer Engineer however, God would have other plans. Feeling a pull to enter Pastoral Ministry, Keith changed his Major to Psychology graduating from Texas A&M in 1995. Keith served two summers (‘93 & ‘95) as a camp counselor at Camp Lone Star in LaGrange, TX. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1999 with a Master of Divinity. After Ordination he was installed as Assistant Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, TX where he remained for two years.
Keith married Stacey Chappell of Salem, IL on January 22nd, 2000. Stacey graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, IL in 2002 with a BA in English. She has served many roles over the years from Adjunct College Professor to running a part-time catering business. As a certified English teacher she has taught high school and middle school classes. However, her most notable experiences come from being a stay-at-home mother caring for their children: Trey (12), Kaleb (9), Micah (8), and Anna (7).
The Rev. Keith Aschenbeck served as sole Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Shobonier, IL from June 2001-August 2009 where he participated with the St. Peter Volunteer Fire Dept. as a Fire Fighter and First-Responder. Keith also served as a Chaplain (CPT) with the Army Reserve and National Guard (IL) for twelve years. Pastor Keith and family moved to Giddings, TX in August 2009 where he served as Senior Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church for five years.
Pastor Keith has been called by Denali Lutheran Church (LCMS) to serve as a missionary in the Upper Tanana River Valley of Alaska. The mission involves several Athabaskan Native Villages including Mentasta, Tetlin, Tanacross, Northway and also the non-native poulation of Tok. These small communities are physically secluded from much of the world, isolated from regular Christian witness and pastoral care. Native communities in Alaska are frequently steeped in the depths of alcohol and drug addiction as well as issues of domestic abuse and poverty. Keith and Stacey seek to bring a consistent presence to the light of Christ’s love, forgiveness, and hope to people surrounded by darkness.