New Pastors - New Possibilities

We are so excited to welcome on June 24th, Dr. Kenneth Ott and Rev. Kelly Beckley.  Below you will find a bio, and a welcome letter from both of them.  There is a lot of info below so keep scrolling down!

Dr. Kenneth Ott is appointed as the new Senior Pastor, and his email is .  Rev. Kelly Beckley is appointed as our new Associate Pastor, and her email is .

Also, we would like you to send them a short welcome email.  This way they know you are praying for them in their transition.  

Canton First UMC takes another huge step, and we are so excited that Kenneth and Kelly are a part of it!  



Trinity United Methodist Church • Rome, GA • July 2015 to Present Senior Pastor
Over the past three years I have led a team of staff members and lay leaders to overcome the hurt and pain of a church split, while reestablishing the administrative and financial foundations necessary for effective ministry. With God’s guidance and provision, we have been able to re-vision the ministry to be more outwardly focused while also purchasing a property which can facilitate the ministry of the congregation for the foreseeable future.
Dalton First United Methodist Church • Dalton, GA • July 2011 to June 2015 Outreach Pastor
Along with two staff members, I led the hospitality, leisure and recreation, missions, evangelism, and contemporary worship ministries. During this time the average worship attendance for the contemporary service increased more than 300% and we began five local and global mission partnerships, including establishing an internship program which brought future leaders from Nicaragua to serve with DFUMC for six months at a time. I also began and led an annual outreach initiative called “BE the Church” that equipped and mobilized 600+ people to serve our local community.
Fellowship United Methodist Church • Dallas, GA • July 2006 to June 2011 Lead Pastor
Fellowship UMC was started as a “parachute drop” new-church-start in partnership with The Office of New Church Development and the Rome-Carrollton District of the North Georgia Conference. We began with small group Bible studies and launched weekly worship in September 2007. As the founding pastor I was responsible for all ministry areas and developing new lay leaders. During these five years we focused on reaching unchurched/dechurched people and incarnational discipleship. By God’s grace Fellowship grew from 0 to 195 in average worship attendance and 72 professions of faith.
New Hope United Methodist Church • Locust Grove, GA • July 2004 to June 2006 Pastor-in-Charge
New Hope was a student appointment that transitioned from a full-time elder. Though this was a part-time appointment while I finished seminary we saw average worship attendance increase from 63 to 110.
Hope United Methodist Church • Dallas, GA • December 2001 to June 2004 Executive Pastor
Hope UMC began as a new-church-start in 1999. As their first associate pastor I was responsible for daily management of the budget and developing adult small group ministry. During the last year I also supervised all volunteer ministry leaders and staff.


Delta Air Lines • Atlanta, GA • April 1988 to December 2001
In my fourteen years at Delta I served as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Program Coordinator, Production Control Supervisor, Lead Technician, Maintenance Foreman and Manager of Regulatory Compliance.
United States Air Force • August 1978 to April 1988 Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist


Doctor of Ministry – Beeson Scholar; Beeson School for Church Leadership and Biblical Preaching; Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.
Master of Divinity – Sherman Scholar; Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Bachelor of Science in Management – Magna Cum Laude; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, International Campus.

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Host for WinShape Marriage Retreats – trained for both marriage intensives and marriage enrichment
Prepare-Enrich Counselor – pre-marriage and marriage enrichment counseling
Certified Law Enforcement Chaplain – certifications from Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Chaplains and the International Conference of Police Chaplains
Certified Stephens Ministry Facilitator
Certified ChristCare Small Group Facilitator
Certified Master Facilitator – Train-the-trainer
Life Style Relationship Evangelism Leader

Family – I have been married to Cathi for 25 years. We have a daughter, Ann Dee, and son, Cortner. Ann Dee is married to Joey Neal and they have blessed us with two granddaughters, Emma and Avery.

Hobbies and Interests – I enjoy almost any outdoor activity but particularly cycling, hiking, and camping. I want to learn to fly fish. I am a licensed private pilot and aviation buff. My soul sings when I am in the mountains. I am currently interested in exploring Tod Bolsinger’s concept of adaptive leadership as it applies to the challenges currently faced by the Church in North America.

Greetings Canton FUMC!

I want you to know that I am already in love with you and excited about joining you in ministry in a few short weeks. Cathi and I have visited the area several times since we learned of the possibility of being appointed there and we love Canton. We have been a bit overwhelmed with all the Facebook, email, and notes of welcome and already feel a part of the FUMC family.

Rev Jim has shared with me a bit of the amazing ministry that is already taking place and I get the sense that the possibilities are limitless. I am excited about what God is going to do in us, with us and through us. Please join me in praying for both churches and the pastors and their families in this time of transition.

Several folks have asked where I am from, about my family and the churches I have served, so this may be a good time to share a bit about myself.

I was born on July 3, 1960 in Gadsden, AL to Kenneth Vernon Ott and Judie Minshew Ott.  The greatest stabilizing force and spiritual influence in my life was my maternal grandmother and I have no doubt that it was her daily intercessory prayer which led to my eventual acceptance of the Gospel.  I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at thirteen years of age while attending a revival at my Granny’s church.  My call to pastoral ministry came the next year while working with Rev John Andrews to earn the Boy Scouts’ God and Country award. Unfortunately, at that time there was not anyone in my life to help me interpret or nurture that call.

After high school I entered the U.S. Air Force and during the next ten years served in Colorado, Germany, Florida, England and North Carolina. I also earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Management and learned the value of a focused and disciplined life.  In 1988 I began a fourteen-year career with Delta Airlines working in the Technical Operations and Training Divisions.

In 1991 I met my wife Cathi whom God used to call me back to Himself and the Church of my youth.  Through Cathi I experienced a new kind of love and began to grow again spiritually.  Together we have sought to better understand our roles as children of God, husband and wife, father and mother, friend and companion. In October 1994, during my Walk to Emmaus retreat found a burning desire for Christ, to help others know Him and to encourage them in their spiritual growth. Then in the summer of 1999 while listening to a sermon by Rev. Gene Golden, I again felt the call to pastoral ministry and spent the next 2 years preparing to leave the corporate world and seek ordination. 

I was first appointed as a United Methodist Pastor in December 2001 as the Associate Pastor of Hope Church in Dallas, GA.  Two years later I was appointed as a Student Pastor at New Hope UMC in Locust Grove and completed my Masters of Divinity studies at Candler School of Theology.  In 2006 Cathi and I were appointed to the New Georgia Community in south Paulding County to start a new United Methodist Church. This was the most intense and gratifying times  of my ministry to that point. Five years after founding Fellowship Church I was appointed to Dalton FUMC to lead the contemporary worship, missions, and outreach ministries. While in Dalton I was fortunate to be accepted to Doctor of Ministry program at the Beeson Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary. In the last year of my doctoral program I was reappointed (not the most convenient timing, right) to Trinity UMC in Rome where I have served as Senior Pastor for the last three years.

Cathi and I have a son, Cortner Quinn, and daughter, AnnDee Quinn Neal who is married to Joey. We also have two grand (best ever) daughters, Emma and Avery, who we have taken camping a couple of times a year since they were born. Beside camping, we enjoy cycling, kayaking, boating, white water rafting, hiking, and good food. My dream car is a ’67 Shelby GT 500 Mustang.

Whew! That is enough for now. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible…maybe over a cup of coffee.

See you soon!





Rev. Kelly Beckley has been serving in various ministry positions here at Creekside since December of 2005. She has a Masters of Divinity from The Candler School of Theology and was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in 2016. Kelly lives in Cumming with her husband Mike, a teacher at South Forsyth High School, and her children Jaclyn, Shane and Jill. Kelly and Mike met and both graduated from The University of Georgia. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling and camping with her family - especially at the beach.

Greetings Canton First UMC,

It is with great joy that I write to say how very excited my family and I are to be coming to join the Canton family of faith! We have lived in the metro area most of our lives and have always had a sweet spot in our hearts for Canton as my sister lives there and we absolutely love the quaint downtown area.

Many of you have reached out to me and welcomed me with such kindness and grace. Thank you! I already feel a sense of belonging and I trust we will get to know each other quickly and well over the next few months.

Here’s a little bit about me. My husband, Mike, and I have been married for 32 wonderful years and we have 3 “children.” Jaclyn is 26 and engaged to be married to Jonathan Balchus in October of this year. Both of them are UGA grads. Shane is a senior at Reinhardt University and will serve as an intern in Ecuador this summer. Jill, our youngest, is a senior in High School and will attend UGA in the fall. Mike and I met at UGA and are both graduates so our blood runs red….and black! I realize I may have just lost a few of you with that one ;)

I received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and worked in the commercial and residential design business until 2005 when I received the call to vocational ministry. I received a Masters of Divinity from Candler at Emory University and was appointed to Creekside UMC in 2013 (I was on staff there beginning in 2005). Mike is a Business teacher at South Forsyth High School and coached wrestling for 25 years. He was a 2 time state champion in High School and wrestled for UGA.

In our free time, we enjoy camping, traveling, cooking, tennis, cheering on the Dawgs and anything that involves the beach! I am a chaplain for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and serve as the Spiritual Director on The Board of The North Georgia Walk to Emmaus.

I love Christ’s church and have a deep desire to help people find purpose and joy in being a follower of Jesus. God is clearly working in the life of the Church and I look forward to all He will accomplish as we partner together to strengthen and further His Kingdom there.
Please let me know if you have ideas of how we might best continue the good work that Rev. Jim and Rev. Lacey have done there. You have my promise that I will do all in my power to shepherd and care for you and to help lead us into a great future. I look forward to building relationships with each and every one of you and to learning about your lives both personally and those areas of ministry that you are involved with.

In the meantime…. “I will thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6

Many blessings from your “soon to be” Associate,




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