Kelly holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. After seminary, a friend encouraged her to consider service as a fundraising professional, which began her career with a full-service funding raising firm where she served a diverse group of clients such as Shawnee State University, World Vision, Pfizer, the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Willow Creek.

Kelly shifted to Director of Communications for the firm and in that role was responsible for brand management, public relations, sales strategies, and web design. She used quantitative and qualitative data to assess and improve the effectiveness of various marketing efforts of the firm, and also fostered relationships with various media outlets and has great experience with social media.

In 2006, Kelly helped found a not-for-profit international think-tank and in 2008 became its first executive director. In addition to leading her not-for-profit organization, Kelly is the mother of two daughters. She and her husband Richard moved to California last fall when they were called to serve at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, where Richard serves as the senior pastor.

Kelly first became acquainted with Vanguard as she encountered our students serving in various capacities at St. Andrew’s. When she accepted our invitation to join Vanguard, she said saw a unique opportunity to blend her love of communication and marketing with her equal love of ministry and Christian higher education.



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