Join Keith Nester on pilgrimage
Keith Nester is the Executive Director of Down to Earth Ministry.
Keith is a former pastor/youth pastor with more than 20 years in full-time ministry. Keith has served in United Methodist, Assemblies of God, and Evangelical Free churches in various roles.
In 2017, after a 20 year long discernment process, Keith resigned his full-time ministry position and joined the Catholic Church. In October of 2018, Keith felt the call of God to write a book about what life is like for converts in their first year. The Convert’s Guide to Roman Catholicism: Your First Year in the Church is a realistic look at the transitions, obstacles, joys and challenges converts face in their first year in the Church. Keith hopes this book will help people who are making the transition into the Church to not only survive but thrive in their new home.
Through the ministry of Down to Earth, Keith continues to use his preaching gifts to speak in Churches and events about faith, theology and his journey to Catholicism. Keith is also very active on YouTube where he makes videos and other content bringing the truths of the Catholic Faith to the world in his own unique style.
Keith also leads an online prayer group called “The Rosary Crew” which has prayed the Rosary daily since March 18th 2020. The Rosary Crew spans the globe with more than 5000 people praying from nearly 80 countries.
In his spare time, Keith loves to ride his motorcycle, spend time with his family, and friends. Keith and his wife Estelle have 3 adult children and live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Upcoming Pilgrimage Trips
Meet Our Spiritual Director, Fr. Aaron Judge
Fr. Aaron Junge is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, and currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception and St. Wenceslaus churches in Cedar Rapids. Fr. Aaron developed a love for the Holy Land after having the opportunity to study there for almost three months in the course of his seminary formation. In his seven years of priesthood and parish ministry, Fr. Aaron has had the chance to serve as a college chaplain, a rural pastor, and many things in between, all of which have been great opportunities for encounters with Christ.