Roy Key has a B.A. and M.A. from Pepperdine University, did graduate study at Lutheran and Union Theological Seminaries, received a M.Div, from Drake Divinity School, and a D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary. He taught at Dasher Bible School and Simpson College, and for 20 years served as Minister of the Church of Christ in California, Alaska, Georgia and New York. His final 20-year Ministry was in Ames, Iowa, as Senior Minister of First Christian Church, serving on Local, Regional and National levels of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Roy Key says of Fire in My Bones-Sword in My Soul: "This I had to write. To make one more attempt to reach back across the gulf to family and friends who could not understand why I am gone. To let 'Disciples' know who this sojourner is among them, why he came, the road he traveled, the dream that lures him still, and the pain that will not stop as long as the rift remains."