The United Methodist Hour
Executive Director and Host
Steve Casteel has served for some time as the volunteer host of our program. But now, Steve has been selected by the Board to be the Executive Director of The United Methodist Hour. His vision and outlook are just what this ministry needs.Steve also serves as Director of Connectional Ministry at Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He is known for his presentations on "H20" and talks showcasing his trademark saying, "Live Loved."He enjoys movies and has an extensive collection of comic books. "I love a good story," says Steve. Steve and his wife Cindy live in Madison, Mississippi.
International Sunday School Lesson Teacher and Ministry Advisor
Keith Tonkel was born in New Orleans on January 15, 1936 and was reared in the Crescent City and in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He has served as pastor of Wells United Methodist Church in Jackson since June, 1969. He was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist church in 1954 and ordained as an elder in 1962, after he was graduated from Millsaps College with a BA in Philosophy and from Emory University School of Theology.
During his time at Emory, he served a psychiatric residency at Georgia Baptist Hospital and on the staff of Northside Methodist Church in Atlanta.During his tenure at Wells, a church that has maintained an active witness to its inner-city neighborhood in transition, Keith has had the opportunity to accept invitations to conduct revivals, seminars and camp meetings across the continental United States and in other countries. He leads an average of 18 revivals each year, primarily in Mississippi and Louisiana.
He is the author of two books, “Finally The Dawn,” an account of an evangelical trip to England during his student years, and “HeartStuff,” a volume of “stoetry” (a combination of story and poetry). A third book, "GodStuff," is in production. Keith has written a secular newspaper column, “Probing,” and emceed two public affairs radio shows of that name .
He currently serves as Sunday School teacher and Ministerial Advisor of The United Methodist Hour, Time That Makes A Difference, which is seen on television stations throughout Mississippi and the southeast. During his years at Guinn Memorial in Gulfport, Keith began serving as a single foster parent for children under the jurisdiction of the Harrison County Youth Court. In 1968, he acquired a partner in that effort--and in his larger ministry--by marrying Patsy Joyce Myrick. Their children include Shelley Tonkel , Tracy Tonkel Furniss, and Anthony Tonkel Puckett. Tracy and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of Porter Dayton Furniss, Carson Keith Furniss, and Griffin Wells Furniss. If prompted in the slightest way, Keith will agree to tell you about Porter, Carson and Griffin. He might even be convinced to show you a picture..or two. Several foster children are still active in family life.
Over the years, he has received state and national awards for community service and he continues to serve on the boards of several service agencies. Some specific awards include: -Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, 2008
-Emma K. Elzy Award, 2007 (MS Conference Commission on Religion and Race)
-Distinguished Religious Leadership Award (2005)
-Alvis Hunt Humanitarian Award (2002)
-Humanitarian of the Year, Epilepsy Foundation (2001)
-Harry E. Denman Evangelism Award, MS Conference, UMC (1999)
-Friendship Award, Jackson 2000 (1999)
In his spare time, he enjoys helping people find good deals on cars, and he enjoys traveling--especially in the Western United States and overseas. He also maintains a regular physical exercise regimen and enjoys reading, writing and listening to books on tape.
Director of Production
Anthony is a national award-winning television producer who is the Director of Production for The United Methodist Hour. Anthony’s work has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “Fox and Friends,” cnn.com and other media outlets across the country.
Anthony produced commercials also, directing Morgan Freeman, Dolly Parton, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Gifford and others. “The Gulf: Prayers and Photographs” was published in 2010 using over 150 of Anthony’s photographs, and his watercolor painting technique was featured on a television program called “Southern Sketches,” which Anthony hosted for two years. Anthony is an award-winning educator and writer, as well.
His columns and short stories have been featured in South Mississippi Scene and other magazines. Anthony is married to Amy Bryant Thaxton. They are the parents of Bryant
and Sydney and live in Clinton, MS.
Ann Pace serves with integrity and grace as our Financial Manager. Her dedication exemplifies what this ministry is all about: reaching folks with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Ann has been a corporate Accountant for many years and lives in Petal, MS with her grandchildren. We are proud to have Ann on our team!
Doris is a great addition to our staff. She is a loving mother and grandmother and assists Ann with keeping our Hattiesburg office going strong.
Your Ministry Matters Contributor
LaToya Redd serves the Mississippi Annual Conference as a District Lay Leader. Her servant's heart makes her the perfect person to present our weekly "Your Ministry Matters" segment on the United Methodist Hour television program. LaToya is also currently serving in the legal field and lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She intends to become more involved with our online social networking for the Hour.
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NEW CLASSICS COLLECTION DVDS
We are proud to introduce our brand new Classics Collection line of DVDs. Each volume comes in a beautiful
two-disc set containing six vintage programs from our vast tape archives.
This initial release offers one volume (of 2 discs) for each host we've had in our long history.
These programs have blessed many people throughout the years, and now we're glad to be offering them to the public again. Order your copies of any or all of the volumes by clicking the DVDs above. The discs also make a great gift for that long-time viewer in your home. ORDER YOURS NOW