National radio host and ’88 grad to deliver 2019 Christy Lecture

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NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Westminster College will welcome Keith Stevens ’88, award-winning Christian radio host, to give the 32nd annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Stevens is program director at KTIS radio station in Minneapolis, Minn., and a co-host with Donna Cruz on the contemporary Christian music (CCM) national show “Keep the Faith.”

Stevens graduated from Westminster in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications. While at Westminster, he hosted his first CCM show, called “Covenant,” which won an award as the best Christian college radio show in the nation.

After graduating, Stevens filled various roles—morning show host, weekend host and program director—at radio stations in New York and Pennsylvania. In the early 1990s, Stevens said he felt God’s calling for something deeper, which led him back to Christian radio. Though this led him to several radio stations, Stevens said he trusted God as his savior and dreamed of a Christian music FM for New York.

Stevens became the first major air talent hired to help launch STAR 99.1, New York, a CCM station, in late 2002. His “Family Friendly Afternoon Show” enjoyed high ratings for eight years. Stevens also hosted the weekly show “Made for Worship” and served as music director and assistant program director before accepting his current position with KTIS in 2010.

The Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture series honors the late Dr. Wayne Christy, a long-time faculty member and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Westminster College. As Dr. Christy dedicated his life to relating the heritage of faith to the emerging issues of a changing culture, the lecture series seeks out men and women who distinguish themselves by relating Christian faith to issues of contemporary life.