An Update from the Kellys1
by Reid Kelly
Friends at Westminster,
Greetings from Grenada! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two years since WPC sent us out to a neighboring church, Grace Pres. in Grenada. Over the course of the next few paragraphs, I want to update you on how things have been going at Grace as well as what’s in store for us moving forward.
When we started at Grace, there were 20-30 people total in worship on Sunday, one video-based Sunday school class for adults, and a few other small ministries just getting off the ground. To say that it was a bit of culture shock after leaving such a wonderful church family with our friends and mentors at WPC would not be an understatement. But Lindsey and I felt a clear calling to be at Grace and began the hard and often frustrating work of pouring ourselves out to this new church family. The people of Grace have been nothing but kind to these random people from Greenwood who came in and started working in various areas in their church.
I’ve had the opportunity to not only lead music and sing during worship, but also to be involved in ordering the entirety of worship services, teach three different Sunday school classes, and be more involved in the life and work of a church than I ever have before. I’m grateful for the opportunity that God placed before me at Grace to jump in the deep end and dive so deeply into the work of the church. This has been an invaluable experience.
As I began to serve more and more in the church, my love for serving grew as well. I remember quite vividly while we were at WPC turning Lee Coleman down several times on requests to co-teach a Sunday school class with him; now teaching a class of around 20 every Sunday is one of the highlights of my week (and helps keep me honest about studying my Bible diligently during the week). We’ve seen worship at Grace average in the 60s so far in 2019 (we hit 99 on Easter Sunday!), Sunday school now boasts 3-4 classes with around 40 kids and adults each week, and several ministries of the church, particularly Celebrate Recovery, are becoming a beacon in the community for the unchurched coming out of difficult life situations. God has truly been at work blessing all the efforts of faithful believers in Grenada.
After much prayer with my family and others (many from WPC), Lindsey and I are excited to announce that beginning in August, we will be taking part in a PCA church plant in Collierville, TN with Hunter Brewer. Our plan is to teach and live in Grenada over this next school year and drive up on Sunday nights to help lead worship and begin the work of church planting. We plan on moving next summer to the area to be more involved in the work of the church, at which point I hope to begin seminary to be able to better serve the church and others that are planted in the future in whatever way I am called.
We would be grateful for your prayers for our family, the Brewer family, and all of those that will be involved in this new church plant. We know that our God is one who hears and answers the prayers of his people, of whom we are grateful to be counted.
We want to thank the members of WPC for the solid foundation that you laid for us in how to love God and others well. Without your model and influence, none of these things would be possible. We hope to visit WPC at least once over the summer before we begin in Collierville and look forward to seeing and hearing from all of you soon.
For updates on the church plant, you can visit https://www.missioncollierville.org/
Reid and Lindsey Kelly