Key describes being happiest in his career when his three great loves converged: God, drama and music (Key Payton). Growing up in a Christian family, he graduated with a youth ministry degree, did church planting, and then fine-tuned his talents with graduate work in missions, theology, and mass communications. Any extra hours were dedicated to acting and theatre.
After graduation, Key secured stints as a writer and editor in Washington and Philadelphia. When he moved to Los Angeles, his sights expanded to not only include script consulting, but also, as it turns out, a pretty redhead named Cheri.
Romance quickly blossomed and Key began planning every detail of the perfect engagement. However, the day of the proposal something went so terribly wrong, Key thought he might have lost Cheri forever.