Rev. Dr. Keith Payne Boone is a native of Dallas and comes from a long line of United Methodist clergy. He attended Bishop Dunne High School and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with a BA in Religion.  He received both a M.Th. and a D.Min. from Perkins School of Theology and completed a Certification in Leadership from the Perkins/Cox School of Business in 2011. He and his wife Dianne have been married for 30 years. Dianne also grew up in the Dallas area and is an English teacher at Wylie East High School. Their son Mitchell, who is on staff at White Rock UMC, graduated from Iliff School of Theology in 2012 and will be commissioned on the Elder track in the North Texas Conference in June. Mitchell and his wife, Elizabeth VanOort, who is also an Iliff graduate, live in the White Rock area. Keith and Dianne’s daughter, Becca, will graduate from Iliff in June with a Masters of Arts in Social Change.

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Keith has served as an associate pastor at FUMC Mesquite, and pastor at FUMC Leonard, Trinity UMC in Denison, Whaley UMC in Gainesville, and FUMC Rockwall. He was appointed as District Superintendent of the Paris-Sulphur Springs district in 2006.  In 2010, he was appointed to serve as the first Center Director for Leadership Development. While in that office, Keith has overseen such diverse areas  as Intentional Interim Ministry, Conflict and Crisis Teams, Faith Formation, which provides programming for children, youth, the conference camping program and campus ministries, and recruitment of young and diverse clergy. He also developed the Clergy Fruitfulness Initiative and the Marks of Fruitfulness evaluation and worked with the Board of Laity.

Keith attended the Dallas Walk to Emmaus #5 in April 1989 and has served on numerous teams in the Dallas and Texoma communities.  He enjoys reading, gardening, iconography and tending his 72 gallon saltwater aquarium.