MICHAEL VERNON KELSEY, SR. is a native Washingtonian. His early religious upbringing was under Pastor L.B. Jones, Sr. at Springfield Baptist Church. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior on March 31, 1977 and was licensed to preach the Gospel shortly thereafter.
Bishop Kelsey received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and went on to receive his formal theological training at Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia. There he earned the Master of Divinity Degree, Magna Cum Laude. Bishop Kelsey has also received and earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He later continued his postgraduate studies at Oxford University in Oxfordshire, England.
During the past three decades, Bishop Kelsey has pastored in multiple locations, including two churches in the Richmond, Virginia area. For the past twenty-three years he has served as the Senior Pastor of the New Samaritan Baptist Church (NSBC), one of the leading churches in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. Bishop Kelsey is committed to making a difference in the community and is an active participant in a variety of faith and community based organizations. He was appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams to the Mayor’s Interfaith Council of Washington, DC where he served as the Chair of the Council, served as a member of the Gallaudet Community Relations Council and has worked closely with city officials on issues of crime prevention and economic development in Ward 5 of the District. Bishop Kelsey has been regularly invited by President Obama’s administration to participate in many significant White House briefings.
Known for his integrity and emphasis on order, Bishop Kelsey was appointed as the former State Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship of Washington, DC (2000-2011) under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Founder, who is his spiritual father. He currently serves on the Cabinet of Full Gospel as the Executive Treasurer under Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III., International Presiding Bishop.
Bishop Kelsey is the founder and CEO of Michael V. Kelsey Ministries which has an international scope. He has ministered the Word of God in many foreign countries, including: Ghana and Liberia in West Africa, the Ukraine in Eastern Europe; the Sea of Galilee in Israel; Havana, Cuba; London, England; Ramstein, Germany; and Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Bishop Kelsey’s wife, for over 35 years, is the former Sheila Bowens. She is an ordained Elder, gifted preacher and teacher, and has founded many new and thriving NSBC ministries. Together, they have three sons – Michael Jr. (wife Ashley, daughter Ava, and son Michael III); Kevin, and Eric who each have a heart for God and for the work of the ministry.