Keith Wright, DMin
In the past ten years, Dr. Keith Wright has led capital campaigns and development initiatives that resulted in over $75 Million in donations to the ministries he served.
An ordained minister, Keith has served several large churches as Executive Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor. He has also been the Executive Director of a non-profit focused on leadership development, and worked as the Chief Development Officer at a nationally recognized Christian College.
Keith grew up in the east bay area of Northern California. His parents came to faith as adults after being invited to church by a neighbor, and were passionate about living out their faith through service. Growing up in this environment, Keith invited the Lord into his life at a young age and then dedicated his life to Christian service while in high school. He attended a Christian college and then followed his ministry calling by serving as a youth pastor while simultaneously taking seminary courses.
Raising funds has been an integral part of Keith’s ministry from the very beginning. One of the first churches he served was a 2200-member church in Kansas City that was one of the early churches to embrace a multi-site model. Keith led the capital campaign to fund the multi-site expansion. He later served as Executive Pastor of First Presbyterian in Orlando, a 5000-member church where he was asked to lead the debt-laden church through a debt elimination campaign. He cites the successful accomplishment of the audacious goal for this campaign – a $14.5 million debt reduction campaign – as a formative experience.
In 2009 Keith was invited to serve as the Chief Development Officer of Colorado Christian University to lead their fundraising department, and during his tenure CCU experienced a 360% overall increase in fundraising across multiple channels, including major gifts, planned giving, events, endowed scholarships, foundation & corporate grants, and capital gifts. He also served as Executive Director of the National Center for Leadership in Washington DC.
In recent years Keith has been serving as a consultant in fundraising as well as organizational and leader development. He has kept busy maintaining a variety of clients, from local nonprofits to global para-church ministries.
Dr. Keith Wright is a graduate of Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). He is also currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at Fuller, where he teaches an on-line class or two each semester.
Keith lives in Denver, CO with his wife Karen. They have two college-age kids. As a family, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, dining out, travel, and reading.