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Timothy Dean Keesee (pronounced ka-SEE) is the director of a Christian missionary organization, Frontline Missions International in Taylors, South Carolina. Reared in Danville, Virginia, Keesee attended Averett University and graduated from Bob Jones University. He completed a doctorate in education at BJU in 1987. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Keesee first engaged in a part-time ministry in Eastern Europe while writing textbooks for BJU Press, teaching at BJU, and traveling as a conference speaker. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Keesee spent additional time in Eastern Europe and founded Eastern European Ministries.[1]

In 2002, Keesee became full-time director of the mission organization that had been founded by the persecuted Russian independent Baptist pastor Georgi Vins in 1980.[2] Frontline Missions International works "among people in areas of war, persecution and poverty, primarily in restricted-access countries, seeking to strengthen the church, give voice to persecuted Christians, and preach and publish the Gospel."[3]


  1. ^ Russian Gospel Messenger [mission newsletter] (May/June 2002), 3.
  2. ^ Prisoner Bulletin [mission magazine] (Spring 1990), 22. The original name of the mission was International Representation for the Council of Evangelical Baptist Churches of the Soviet Union. In 1990, the organization changed its name to Russian Gospel Ministries International, Inc. in part because the "original name was extremely long and difficult to remember." Prisoner Bulletin (Spring 1990), 3. As the ministry expanded to other "restricted-access countries," Keesee changed the name of the mission to Frontline Missions International.
  3. ^ Greenville News, "City People," (March 3, 2010), 4.




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