John Keibel was born in southern California in 1962. While he has lived, studied (electronics and education) and worked elsewhere, much of John’s life has been spent in the northern California city of Concord, his current residence.
By 1997 John was teaching mathematics and, on the side, pursuing a lifelong interest in photography. As the 20th century came to a close, John focused his camera on the plant and animal life at Naval Weapons Station Concord and on an historic railroad trestle in nearby Martinez. The former became Environmental Treasure, a photographic essay. The latter resulted in John’s first book, The Alhambra Valley Trestle Then and Now: A Centennial (1999).
In fall 2000 John left the classroom to work as a corporate historian. On his own time, John redirected his interest in Naval Weapons Station Concord to its history. Over the next six years John photographically documented the station’s facilities, interviewed those whose lives were connected with the station’s history and visited various archives.
Early in 2007 John approached the City of Concord with a proposal to write a history on Naval Weapons Station Concord. With Concord’s assistance John published Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord in May 2009.
As John waits to see where the Lord will lead him next, photography remains a favored pastime as do visiting regional and state parks and an occasional bicycle ride. John is a councilman and teacher at Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Concord and a director for the Concord Historical Society.
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – I Corinthians 15:57
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