Rev. B. Keith Haney delivers MLK message
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Concordia welcomed Rev. B. Keith Haney to campus on Jan. 19, where he presented “Who is My Neighbor,” sponsored by the Looking Beyond Speaker Series. Haney also spoke at chapel and met with students during his time on campus.
In his presentation, Haney explains “Who is My Neighbor,” is based on King’s discussion of the biblical parable, “the Good Samaritan,” which is discussed further in a chapter from his book One Nation Under God: Healing Racial Divides in America.
“If I only ask the question ‘Who is my neighbor,’ to find out what is the least I can do, then I have missed the opportunity to be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus to those in need of mercy,” Haney said.
Haney, an ordained pastor for 27 years, serves the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Iowa District West as the assistant to the president for Missions, Human Care and Stewardship. In this role, he assists congregations with strategic planning, visioning, outreach to the community to cultivate a culture of generosity and foster a climate of human care that connects faith to crisis situations.
Previously, Haney has served Berea Lutheran in Detroit, Michigan; he was the director of outreach and evangelism in St. Louis for four congregations in the L.U.T.H.E.R. Plan; he was a senior pastor at Gospel Lutheran in Milwaukee; and a mission facilitator for the LCMS Northern Illinois District.
He is married to Miriam (Bickel) Haney and they have six children, Mitchell (27), Todd (25), Sharon (23), Jonathan (19), SaraGrace (14) and Zane (9). They have two grandchildren Matheo (3) and Nalah Rose.
His presentation is sponsored by the Looking Beyond Speaker Series made possible in part through an ongoing gift from Martin and Regina Maehr. The series was created to present diverse speakers and ideas to Concordia students and campus.