Pastor Scott keller
Pastor Scott Keller graduated from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana with the Class of 1978. His mother came from a devout Roman Catholic family and his father was the descendant of the original Mormon pioneers who settled in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho in the 1840s.
After high school, Scott enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for 7 years attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). During that time, he earned both A.S. & B.S. Degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Scott then entered the United States Air Force, earning a Regular Commission as a Distinguished Graduate of Officer Training School. After serving 6 years in the Air Force, Captain Keller found himself at-the-end-of-his-rope. Miraculous intervention saved his life and more importantly his soul.
Now fully committed to Christ, Scott married the former Mariah Sims and left active duty to begin a new chapter back in Kalispell, Montana. Scott was flying a Falcon Jet for a corporation and Mariah was adapting to life on the edge of the wilderness. They began their family with Scotty in 1993, Katie in
1995 and Carolynn in 1997.
Through this period Scott began Bible classes, started studying the Greek
language of the New Testament and taught Bible studies, Sunday school and youth groups.
It was in 1997 that Scott accepted a position as a pilot with Continental
Airlines flying B-727 and B-737 jets. He began taking seminary courses by
correspondence, ultimately earning a master’s degree, while also
continuing in lay ministry.
Scott surrendered to the ministry and was ordained on Resurrection Sunday
in 1999. Even so, he continued to struggle with abandoning his airline
career for 5 more years.
In late 2003, planning began to start a nondenominational church with Scott serving as the founding pastor. The first service of Alêtheia Christian Fellowship was held in a room at the Outlaw Inn on January 18, 2004.
Although, from a human perspective, there was very little
promise in those early weeks, by March of 2004, Scott nevertheless resigned from Continental Airlines to devote his full attention to Alêtheia.
Scott, with the support of his wife Mariah, a Rural Route Mail Carrier, continues to pastor Alêtheia Christian Fellowship and mentor aspiring pilots as a local flight instructor. He recently retired from the Kalispell Police and Fire Departments where he served as a Chaplain for well over a decade.
Scott and Mariah's three children are all grown... Scotty is a U.S. Air Force pilot (now the third Captain Keller in a row), married to Paula. Katie is a local Flathead Valley Realtor (real estate agent). Her husband Parker, is a pilot for Horizon Air. Carolynn and her husband Jake live in the valley with their son Brayden, and they are expecting their second child (a daughter).