"AG News" has learned that Keith Basinski, the 50-year-old UPS driver killed in a mass shooting last week in Minneapolis, was a North Central Bible College (North Central University) graduate and a long-time member of Emmanuel Christian Center (AG) in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota.
According to Jeff Hathaway, director of NCU's Office of Marketing and Communications, Basinski attended the school in the early 1980s, serving as the junior class president and graduating with a BA degree in pastoral studies.
"Keith exemplified the best of NCU, living with a strong faith in God, commitment to family and service to his community," an NCU release stated. "Our prayers go out for his family and all who were touched by this senseless tragedy."
Tim Olson, children's and men's pastor at Emmanuel Christian Center, says Basinski, who has attended the church since 1984, was a friend to everyone.
"He was one of our Royal Rangers leaders teaching Ranger Kids for many years and part of our men's ministries as a volunteer, helping cook for men's breakfast," Olson says. "He was a good friend to a lot of guys around here. He was one of those guys who was involved everywhere, everyone knew him . . . loving, giving ‹ helped anybody with anything."
Olson adds that the church made staff and a counselor available for those who knew Basinski, including children, in case they wanted to talk about the tragedy.
Basinski is survived by his mother and father, three adult children, three brothers, two sisters, a grandchild and his former wife. His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at Emmanuel Christian Center.