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James Kelley

Denomination: Baptist

About James Kelley

Education: BA in Music Education Gardner-Webb College (grauated 1978) MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduated 1996) DMin in Evangelism and Church Growth The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (projected graduation 2007)

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Give God the glory for what you find that is good and give me the blame for the rest.

Sermon or series that made a difference: A friend invited me to hear Rick Careno preach at a youth rally at her church when I was sixteen. Although I don’t remember a lot of detail about that sermon, I still remember a verse he shared during the message: "God demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 That verse whirled in my mind for three days until God convicted me of my sin and my need for Him. I am still grateful to God, my friend and Rick Careno for that lifechanging encounter.

Family: Rebecca Skipper Kelley has been my wife and best friend since June 3, 1978. We have three children: Joshua, Sarah and Benjamin.

What my parents think of my sermons: If they were still alive, they would probably still call me a turncoat for deserting the Methodist church of my youth.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Against any logical explanation, she is my biggest fan. She even finds something good to say when I really blow it.

Best advice given to me about preaching: Every message should have at least one point...otherwise they are pointless!

Books that have had an impact: The Soul Winner - Charles H. Spurgeon, The Normal Christian Life - Watchman Nee, and The Barbarian Way - Erwin McManus

Hobbies: Reading and golf

Something funny that happened while preaching: A five year old got loose from his parents (why they didn’t make a dash for him I don’t know) and made his way up on the platform while I was speaking (he knew me well). I kept on with the message as I took him by the hand and walked him back to his parents.

What I want on my tombstone: Well done, My good and faithful servant.