MICHAEL VERNON KELSEY, SR. is a native Washingtonian. 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, he has pastored two churches in the Richmond, Virginia area; and for the past seventeen years served as the Senior Pastor of the New Samaritan Baptist Church, one of the leading churches in the Metropolitan Washington 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. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of SamariCorp Community Development Corporation and is a member of the Gallaudet Community Relations Council. He works closely with city officials on issues of crime prevention and economic development in Ward 5 and has been invited by President Obama’s Administration to participate in many significant White House briefings.

Known for his integrity and emphasis on order, Bishop Kelsey currently serves on the Executive Council of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International, as the International Executive Treasurer. As the former State Bishop of Washington DC (2000 to 2011), he was responsible for overseeing the work of the Fellowship among the pastors and churches in the District of Columbia, as well as Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. He is blessed to serve under Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., International Presiding Bishop, who is his spiritual father in the ministry.

Bishop Kelsey is the founder and CEO of Kelsey Ministries. His ministry is international in 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; and Ramstein, Germany.

Bishop Kelsey’s devoted wife for almost 30 years is the former Sheila Bowens. She is a gifted preacher, teacher, and has founded many new and thriving ministries. Together they have three sons – Michael Jr. and his wife Ashley and daughter Ava; Kevin, and Eric who each have a heart for God and for the work of the ministry.

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