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What Are the Keys of Heaven? JESUS's

  • Death

    Jesus's DEATH: Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

    (See also: Romans 5:6, 8; John 3:14-17)

  • Burial

    Jesus's BURIAL: Isaiah 53:9 “And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”

    (See also: Matthew 27:57-60; Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 10-12)

  • Resurrection

    Jesus's RESURRECTION: Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”

    (See also: Isaiah 53:10-12; Psalm 49:15; Mark 16:6-7)


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The Keys of Heaven Ministries, by Gary and Vicky Westgerdes
The Keys of Heaven Ministries, by Gary and Vicky Westgerdes
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Hello, and welcome to the website! The Keys of Heaven Ministries was founded by Gary Westgerdes, located in Celina, Ohio.  

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us."  (Psalm 103:12)

Hi, my name is Gary Westgerdes, the founder of The Keys of Heaven Ministries. I was born and raised in a Catholic family in a mostly Catholic community, in Ohio. At age seven a religion class that I was in was being taught about heaven and hell; God was convicting me of my sin and I was worried about going to hell. A week or so later, the class teacher, I don't know why, read John 3:16 and upon hearing God's word I was born again as I trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." After wandering from God my Father this prodigal son returned home at age 23 for forgiveness. I celebrated my 57th year as a Child of God the summer of 2020. View my testimony to hear more.

My wife Victoria and I have been blessed with five wonderful children and seven beautiful grandchildren. Read More

E-mail: [email protected]
Mail: The Keys of Heaven Ministries, Gary Westgerdes,
313 E Wayne St, Celina, OH 45822-1520
iPhone: Gary's iPhone: 419-953-4633
Home: 567-890-9409                                                                                                             

Donations: You may donate by mailing a check to the above address, payable to Gary Westgerdes.
Donations are not tax deductible. Gifts will be used for the printing, mailing and distribution of brochures. 

Thank You For Your Prayers & Support. 

Differences between Biblical Christianity and Catholicism.

BC: Jesus died once, sacrificed on the cross shedding his blood for the forgiveness of the world's sins.
C: Jesus is offered daily many times throughout the world in an unbloody manner during the sacrifice of the Mass to, your suffering and good works may be added to complete the offering for the world's sins.
BC: Jesus is the Door to heaven his sheep follow his voice.
C: Jesus's death and resurrection opened the door to heaven, Catholics follow the voice of the Church for guidance to achieve heaven.
BC: Jesus offers assurance of eternal life through his word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
C: There is no assurance of eternal life because you may decide to reject Christ/Church even up until your last breath.

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1. "Whoever shall faithfully SERVE ME by recitation of the rosary, Shall Receive signal graces.

1. 1 PETER 5:1-4 "The elders ... I exhort ... Feed the flock of God ... taking oversight ... willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye Shall Receive a Crown of Glory that Fadeth Not Away."

LUKE 4:1-4 "... the devil said unto Him ... If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine. And Jesus answered ... him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, thou, shalt Worship the LORD thy God, and HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE."
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The Brochure mailing in the Mercer County area was completed in December, we covered the Rockford, Ft Recovery, St Henry, Minster, Coldwater, and Celina postal routes. Received mostly good or great comments, (thank you for the encouragement), I'm planning on making a video with some of them.

The next adventure the Lord has laid on my heart I will share once it is ready to go out, so please be in prayer, I'm hoping for February.

Donations are not tax deductible but if you would like to give you may do so on line or by writing a check to the ministry and mailing it to the address.

The Brochures are going out, if you agree and like them please join in, if a hundred people gave $5.00 a month we would be in even greater shape.

If you haven't seen one ask around or check it out on line. Thank You,
Gary Westgerdes.
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Vicky and I watched Pastor James MacDonald this morning,7-10-16, he had a great message, word by word, on John 3:16. I'm not a big fan of sinner's prayers but a sincere desire to repent, ask for forgiveness and trusting in Jesus as your full payment and victory over sin - God's promise is He will give you the gift of everlasting life! Come join the family of God! Gary. ... See MoreSee Less

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For God So Loved: Gary's Testimony

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Compare the Two Gospels - Brochure Responses

Brad Heckman

Sep. 3, 2017

Sep. 3, 2017, 5:13 AM: "Hello, my name is Brad Heckman ... I had just read your pamphlet that I received in the mail and timing could not be more perfect. I recently had my eyes opened by reading the Bible and doing careful research online. I have questions and seek fellowship. I would love to meet with you sometime. I work second shift. Thank you for your time" (We met on Saturday Sep. 9, 2017 ).

Kathy Brown

Sep. 22, 2017

Sep. 22, 2017, 10:13 PM Kathy Brown: "I want to Thank You for sending me the brochure. I am a 78 year old widow being widowed now 9 years ... I have take(n) God into my heart as my Lord and my Savior and I feel that my life and my future are in His hands ... I make quilts for the terminally ill children and refurbish cabbage patch dolls for the needy kids. I would rather give and help than receive. I would appreciate your prayers for me ... Thank you for praying for me and God Bless you both. Regards, (Kathy Brown)

Non-Christian Jewish Friend


A Paraphrase of about 10 – 15 minutes; “I really liked your pamphlet, it was very well written. I liked the way you just presented the facts and didn’t really bash anybody. You just laid it out for them to decide. It was very good.”

Text Message from: Christian Pastor, Steve Clayton


“Bro Gary, I just wanted to congratulate you on the terrific Gospel Tract you have been distributing recently. It is excellent and a real blessing. Great to know others are working to get out the true Gospel. God Bless ... We will be praying for you and the power of God upon that tract. May many souls be added to Christ Kingdom.”

What Would I Say - Brochure Responses


Liberated Iraq


Dear Gary,

Thanks for the letter & pamphlets. I gave them away – hopefully they made a difference. How awesome that God used you to minister to us over here!

S. H.

Dear Gary,

     Thank you for the teaching on salvation. To answer the question “if tonight God asked you: Why should I let you into heaven? Why Should I give you eternal life” … the only way is through Jesus Christ and what He has done for me!! Praise God!!

     Thanks for your mail evangelism. What a good idea! I will pass the brochure along to others.

D. H.

January 30, 2005

Dear Gary,

     Thank you so much for your kind words and inspirational correspondence. Yes, I find all of the literature very helpful. Although I won’t be deploying back to Iraq with my unit due to my retirement, I’ve taken the liberty of duplicating the information and passing it out to my comrades who are deploying. If there is one thing that helped me through some very rough and trying times, while I was deployed in Iraq, was the assurance that God was with me always … watching over me and my soldiers.

     Well, Gary, I guess I’ll sign off for now. Again, thank you for your letter and literature. I hope to meet you upon my return home.



27 July 2003, Kuwait City International Airport

Dear Gary,

    Thank you for the scripture pamphlets you sent me while I was in Iraq. I am amazed at how many letters I and others in my platoon have gotten from people who don’t even know us personally. It’s really great to know about all the support and prayers from back home.

     Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and for all of your support.

John SPC Martin


Dear Gary.

     How are you doing? I’m doing great, well as great as the desert allows. It’s a different kind of living, but we are getting by rather well. Thank you for the literature you’ve been sending, it is very enlightening. Sorry for the long time before responding, we are really busy. Hopefully, we will be home soon. See you soon. Thanks again.


28 Jan 2005

Hello Gary,

     I wanted to thank you for the note of thanks you sent my husband J. S. It was very thoughtful and touched our hearts greatly.

     We have been retired from the U.S. Navy for 3 ½ years. We were involved during the Gulf War.

     Your support and letters do so much for so many in need.

     Thanks for the tracts you sent. I put them in my bible and perhaps I’ll be able to pass them on to someone else.

     Many thanks again for your prayers and support for all our service men and women.

Brochure Distribution

Total residents or businesses reached to date with brochures:


Reached 15,000 in Mercer Country, Ohio, 5,000 in Washington D.C., 7,000 in Chicago

... One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise ... but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8,9)

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