In 1969, at the young age of 5, our pastor trusted Christ as his personal Saviour. At the age of 15, on July 25, 1979, he surrendered to the ministry and knew that he would someday be a pastor. After working his way through a Christian school, he attended Bible college. He returned to the Glen Iris Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, to be trained and intern with Dr. Jack LeGrand. In 1992, after serving on staff at two churches and as a pastor of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, he came to Jacksonville upon the invitation of the church and Dr. W. A. McMillan. He continued his education over the years, receiving his PhD in Biblical Studies in 2007.
Pastor Kelley is actively involved in works both here at home and in various countries. He aids in survey trips and Bible institutes, as well as organizing missions trips for himself and our congregation. In addition, he serves as a trustee of Baptist International Missions, Inc. and is currently on the advisory board of (B.E.A.M.S.) Bible Education and Missionary Services. He also serves on the board of directors of Virginia Baptist College.
Pastor Kelley and his wife, Joy, met in Birmingham, Alabama. God has blessed them greatly, and they have been married since 1984. They have two children, Tiffany and R. J. While attending a Christian college, Bro. R. J. joined our staff in a part time capacity. Today he serves as a full time assistant pastor. Tiffany graduated from a Christian college and continued to serve the Lord in our ministry while also teaching at a local Christian school. During that time, God sent Bryce Bowers to Jacksonville for a brief time. He is a pilot in the U. S. Navy. God put them together, and in August of 2015, Tiffany and Bryce were married. They are currently stationed in Oak Harbor, Washington and are serving faithfully in a great church.
These are simply some things about our pastor, but God must receive all the glory. To quote our Pastor's mentor, "anything God does with us, He does in spite of us."