A little more about me...
I grew up in western Washington in a loving Christian home. In 1999, I graduated from LIFE Pacific College in San Dimas, CA, with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages. Later I did some graduate work in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada and was also an adjunct professor at Pacific Life Bible College in Surrey, Canada for one year.
Marilyn and I met at college and got married in 1999. We have two daughters who are the joy of our life. Aside from my family and my God, my two greatest joys are reading a good book and enjoying the all the glories of this world God has made - from sunsets to good food and drink with friends.
I served as the pastor of The Gathering Christian Church from 2007-2014. Prior to that, I was an assistant pastor at His Place Community Church. I also served as the President of the Board of Directors for our local homeless shelter, The Friendship House.
After having to close The Gathering, God started taking us down an unusual path: we sold our house, packed our daughters up in a minivan and drove around the country for eight months, visiting forty states and two Canadian provinces (and Tijuana).
After we got home, I got a job at a bartender and started writing a general market novel, Double Vodka, now in its second draft.
About my beliefs...
I wholeheartedly believe in the historic Christian faith, as represented well in the Apostles’ Creed. I am deeply committed to the authority of the Bible and the unity of the Body of Christ. I hold to core doctrines with respectful tenacity but am open and gracious on disputable matters.
Please see this "Elders Statement of Faith" from my previous church for a more nuanced version of my beliefs.
Josh, Marilyn, Grace, and Sarah Kelley