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Kelley comes to Memphis from Atlanta, where he was serving as Chief Executive Officer of Action Ministries in care for the hungry, homeless, and youth across North Georgia. He has been involved with homeless outreach and poverty issues since 2006. He’s a graduate of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and has a Masters in Theology from Spring Hill in Mobile, Ala.
Kelley says that his work with the poor was an “unexpected vocation,” and one that has offered him purpose and inspiration for the past decade. “It’s an exciting time to be joining the faithful of the Diocese of Memphis, and I am humbled by the commitment of so many who serve across West Tennessee. I ask for your prayers in joining this important ministry, and for the continued support of our generous benefactors who make all this work possible.” He is passionate about his Catholic faith and speaks to churches and groups on the intersection of spirituality and service from his perspective as a Lay Carmelite.