Kelly was born and raised in California. He experienced an idyllic childhood with a loving family and many days filled with hours of skateboarding, surfing and biking. But at the age of 16, he tragically lost his mother to emphysema. Through the death of his mother, he began to search for answers to life’s deep questions; he found those answers in Jesus Christ. At the age of 17, he committed his heart and life to Christ. He was baptized and joined the Hesperia Foursquare Church (New Life Chapel) in 1985.

Kelly graduated from Hesperia High School in 1986. He then attended college at Victor Valley Community College (AS in BioChem) and subsequently at Azusa Pacific University (BS in Business).

Kelly met his wife Leah while in high school. They dated four years and were married on December 16, 1989. On October 28, 1996, they were blessed with the birth of their first daughter, Rachel. On July 19, 2000 they were blessed with their second daughter, Emma.

Today Kelly still enjoys the Southern California lifestyle of sun and surf. His favorite hobbies are spending as much time with his family at one of Orange County’s world class beaches.

Kelly began ministry at the age of 19 by helping to establish Youth for Truth, the youth ministry of New Life Chapel, in Hesperia, CA. After 10 years as youth pastor, leading more than 250 students and 25 leaders every week, Kelly was asked to join the National Foursquare Youth Ministry in 1997, serving with National Director, Jerry Dirmann.

From 1998-2002, Kelly served as District Youth Director for the Midwest District of Foursquare Churches under the leadership of District Supervisor Larry Spousta.

From 2003-2009, Kelly join the pastoral team at The Rock Church in Anaheim, California. Sr Pastor, Jerry Dirmann invited him to partner in the preparations for planting a new church in South Orange County, CA. In 2004 Kelly, as Sr. Pastor, and a team of 20 individuals, launched the South County Foursquare Church in Mission Viejo, Calif.

From 2009-2012, Kelly had the privilege to serve as the National Director of Foursquare NextGen (Formerly Foursquare National Youth Ministry) with the responsibility of providing networking, resourcing and training of children’s & youth leaders in 1600 churches throughout the United States. During his term, he worked with 14 Districts to equip NextGen leaders with the tools they needed to reach and disciple a generation.

2013-2016: At the conclusion of his 4-year term as National NextGen Director, Kelly joined the Southwest District team as Assistant Supervisor under the leadership of Kimberly Dirmann. His responsibilities include; NextGen, Camps, Church Health, Pastoral Care, Events and Communications.
Concurrently 1994-Present: In 1994 Kelly was credentialed as a “Trainer of Trainers” for HomeWord (Formerly National Institute of Youth Ministry). He has continued to teach and lead seminars designed to equip churches and families with the tools needed to build strong marriages, confident parents, empowered kids and healthy leaders.
Husband – Father – Family – Generational Shaper – Event Producer – Film Maker – Teacher – Communicator