The founder and
past director Rev. Bill Keathley (1939-2006), went home to be with
the Lord on December 20, 2006. Brother Bill leaves behind 24 years
of dedicated and fruitful ministry to the blind and deaf-blind.
was an ardent teacher and preacher of the doctrines of grace. Bill
lost his sight in his twenties. The Lord gave Bill that special
opportunity in September 1982 when Bill and his wife, Barbara, began
Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind.
read Rev. Bill Keathley’s personal testimony click here.
The Keathleys soon found that it was very rare for churches to have
any kind of ministry or outreach to the blind. Becoming more and
more impressed with the spiritual needs of the blind, they purposed
to make churches aware of this much neglected mission field and
to provide them with the specialized knowledge and assistance that
it takes to reach the blind with "the light of the glorious
Gospel of Christ."
Today, Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind seeks to be an extension
of the local church by providing the materials to the blind that
most local churches are unable to provide themselves. The GLFB ministry
is dedicated to proclaiming the historic doctrines of the Christian
faith. More than 3,000 recorded messages and books of grace preachers
and Bible teachers are sent to the blind absolutely free on a read-and-return
basis. Gospel Light offers to the blind anywhere in the world free
Bible correspondence courses in Braille, large print, or by email.
The first course, Right with God, consists of thirteen lesson booklets
each of which concludes with ten objective questions. This course
is evangelistic, dealing with the fall of man and explains that
God's plan of redemption is all of grace. The second course, Knowing
and Serving God, consists of sixteen lesson booklets. This study
begins with the doctrine of salvation but continues on to spiritual
growth and maturity in the Christian's life. The third course, The
Doctrines of Grace, expounds the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel
and is an in-depth study of the five points of Calvinism. Hundreds
of students throughout the world, including countries such as the
United States, Canada, England, Cuba, India, Brazil, China, West
Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippians, Malawi, and Kenya are
enrolled in these Bible studies.
One very important ministry of Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind
is the council to the blind by phone, Braille, or cassette tape.
Also, GLFB sponsors a Bible study for the blind in Rockledge, Florida,
which has continued since the Keathleys began it approximately twenty
years ago. The blind throughout the United States are eligible to
receive upon request a free digital player, which currently is from
the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
producer of these machines. The library is in the process of switching
tens of thousands of recorded books from cassette tape to digital
format. GLFB uses the same kind of digital recorded devises as the
NLS. Already the GLFB ministry has transferred recorded materials
into this digital format to loan out to the blind on digital cartridges.
GLFB still loans out tapes.
Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind is supported by churches and
individuals whom the Lord has given a desire to reach the blind
with the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ. GLFB is a tax-exempt
religious non-profit corporation. The current employees are the
wife and daughter of Rev. Bill Keathley, Barbara Keathley and Lilianna
Lilianna Keathley Hanley, Barbara Keathley
Joshua, Joseph, Joshua Hanley
Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind Board of Directors
Lilianna Keathley Hanley - Loganville,Georgia,
Pastor Mike Holland– Plant City, Florida,
Robert Nevins - Sacramento, California,
Dr. Ron McKinney - Dalton, Georgia,
Gordon Houser– Merritt Island, Florida,
Barbara Keathley - Loganville, Georgia,
Dr. Bob Dargie– Titusville, Florida.
Gospel Light Foundation of the Blind Doctrinal Statement
read the Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind Doctrinal Statement