southwestern nh chapter
In 1983 through the witness of church members at a local Bible church, Kelly and her entire family trusted in Christ as Savior. As Kelly grew in her relationship with Christ, her heart was moved to serve Him as a full-time missionary through missions conferences at her church and Christian school. In college Kelly first learned about Child Evangelism Fellowship through a classmate as she was seeking to go overseas for the summer. She spent two summers ministering with CEF to the U.S. military children and families stationed in Germany. After college, Kelly attended CEF’s Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI). Although her heart yearned for the excitement of ministering overseas in a cross-cultural experience, the Lord began to remind her of a statement her college missions’ professor shared: “You must first have a burden for people at home before God will give you a burden for people overseas.” The Lord challenged Kelly again through these words and showed her the mission field right at her doorstep… the children of New Hampshire! In 1997, Kelly joined CEF of NH full-time as a local coordinator in Rockingham County. Although she loved ministry stateside, Kelly longed to serve overseas. In the fall of 2000 she joined Malachi Children’s Ministry (now Military Children’s Ministry, a joint venture between CEF and Cadence International) and ministered in Germany full-time. While reflecting on this time Kelly testifies, “It was an amazing privilege to minister to the children and families of our military through Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs, Sunday school, conferences and retreats!” In the spring of 2005 she returned to NH to serve once again in Rockingham County as the local coordinator. In 2016, Kelly and her husband Andy moved to Charlestown. Andy currently teaches Bible and math at the local Christian school, and Kelly is currently serving as a Local Director in southwestern NH, continuing and beginning new ministry in the Connecticut River Valley area. Ministry entails recruiting, coordinating and training volunteers to serve in Good News Clubs, helping to coordinate the 5-Day Club ministry, recruiting and equipping teenagers to serve as Summer Missionaries each summer teaching 5-Day Clubs, and teaching children in weekly Good News Clubs, Christian school chapels and other ministry outreaches.