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 on the board of directors of Virginia Baptist College and is currently on the advisory board of (B.E.A.M.S.) Bible Education and Missionary Services. In the past he has served as a trustee of Baptist International Missions, Inc
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. 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 training, as he is a pilot in the
U. S. Navy. They were married in August of 2015, and are expecting their first child, Audrey, in July of 2017. While attending a Christian college, Bro. R. J. joined our staff in a part time capacity. He graduated from a Christian college and today he serves as a full time assistant pastor. God allowed R. J. to find God's plan for his life right in our church. Erin is one of our deacon's daughters, and in May of 2016 they were married.
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."