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Ricky Pfeil had 2 strong desires in his heart. The desire for involvement in radio was a dream of his heart as a child in elementary school. The desire for preaching became strong when he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1966 at age 15. In neither “calling” did he make an effort to open doors for himself or his dreams. He cannot answer the question when a young person asks him how to get started in the ministry. “It just happened”, he says. God’s Word says if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.
His story is an example of the Lord doing exactly that. With no plan for it, he always ended up being with the people and in the places where the dreams were brought to pass. He preached his first sermon at age 15, though he points to 1968 at age 17 as the point of time in life when he considers himself to be “in the ministry”. About a month before his 19th birthday, he became a DJ at a Christian radio station. That ultimately led to the acquiring of a network of radio stations and translators that broadcast 24 hours a day today.
Diana Pfeil cannot remember a time in her life when she didn’t know the Lord. She has always been consumed with walking with and pleasing the Lord. God did not ordain that she would just be a dedicated Christian wife of a church member with secular employment. She would have never been fulfilled apart from involvement in ministry.
She is not only a pastor’s wife, ministering side-by-side with her husband in both a pastoral ministry and in the radio ministry, but she is a skillful teacher of the Word herself, having studied the Bible diligently and consistently since youth. From a youth, like Timothy, she has known the Holy Scriptures, which have made her to be a very wise woman. She received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at age 11 and never had a moment since then when she wasn’t possessed with an overwhelming desire to be in the center of God’s will, doing what she can to please Jesus and touch the lives of people. She is the perfect helpmeet in ministry to Ricky.
Jeremy Pfeil wasn’t born to Ricky and Diana until they had been married seven years. After they boldly and publicly proclaimed the Word concerning the plan of God for children, Jeremy was born to this union 14 months later. So, He was an obvious gift from God from the beginning. Early in his life, his parents knew that he had a call of God on him for ministry. God’s gift of Jeremy coupled with his call to preach have been one of the most important aspects of the assignment from the Lord to the Pfeil family.
The plan of God that was ordained for Ricky and Diana Pfeil could not have happened without the ministry, God-given talents, and anointing of the Holy Spirit in Jeremy that led to him becoming a powerful and significant voice on the radio and in the position of Assistant Pastor at Kingdom Keys Church. Jeremy is also a proficient teacher of the Word of God and has an anointing of an evangelist. His callings together with his commitment to excellence in all aspects of ministry, and his marriage to Erin, all combine to make his ministry effective in impacting the lives of many people. Jeremy and Erin have three girls: Liviya, Phoebe and Favor.
Tim Elliott and his wife, Linda are currently serving at Kingdom Keys Church at Camp Hallelujah, where Jesus is Lord and a kid can be a kid. They have had a glorious marriage for 21 years. They have been involved together in children’s ministry since the days that they served together at Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma under Pastor Willie George. Together they have been involved in all aspects of ministry from the nursery to the nursing home. They have conducted kid’s crusades from Florida to Las Vegas and many places in between. After pastoring Victory Bible Church in Branford, Florida for five years, God led them to come to Amarillo, Texas to strengthen their family relationships. They have two children, Joshua and Emily. Both Joshua and Emily are involved in working in the local church.With a passion to teach the truths from God’s Word to His people, Tim has a keen awareness that the truth must be imparted at an early age. Through puppetry, and various other methods they are imparting God’s Word to the kids of Kingdom Keys Church. Bible reading and memorization is a vital part of what we do at Camp Hallelujah. In each service at Camp Hallelujah a Bible lesson is taught in a practical way that kids can take home and apply to their everyday lives. Worship is a very important part of each service because it is vital for kids to experience the presence of God. Tim and Linda find great joy in ministering to Kingdom Kids at Kingdom Keys Church.
Johnnie Thomason rededicated his life in 1996 and has been passionately serving the Lord ever since. He has had a glorious marriage for 24 years with his wife, Lori. Johnnie and Lori have two daughters: Cheyenne and Caitlyn.
Johnnie holds a Bachelor of Theology degree and is an ordained minister of the Gospel. The Thomason’s previously served as youth ministers for twelve years and Johnnie served in the office of an elder. They have been providing pre-marriage counseling and officiating services since 1998. In providing counseling, the Bible is their instruction manual, along with their life experiences. Johnnie also served in the retail grocery business for the last 27 years until he left to begin a new assignment in full-time ministry. For the last three years he served on the United We Care Board of Directors, and served as President of the Board for the last year and 5 months of his term.
Johnnie, also known as "Little Johnnie", co-hosts The Morning Show with Ricky on Thursday mornings and fills in for him while he is out of town.
Nate Pfeil is the youngest child of Ricky and Diana. He currently works as the creative director for all of the media at Kingdom Keys Church, as well as the worship director. Nate married Megan in 2010.
Megan Pfeil was born and raised in Hereford, TX. After graduating high school in 2008, she moved to Amarillo and married Nate Pfeil 2 years later. Soon after they married, the Lord opened up the door for her to work full time with Kingdom Keys Ministries as an Administrative Assistant. Megan also helps out with the worship team each week.