About Kelly Beckley

Rev. Kelly Beckley 


Professional Ministry Experience

Rev. Kelly Beckley served in various ministry positions at Creekside UMC from December of 2005 until June of 2018 when she was appointed to Canton First. She has a Master of Divinity from The Candler School of Theology and was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in 2016.  Kelly serves as a chaplain for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department (she is the first female to assume this role).  She also serves as a Community Spiritual Director on the North Georgia Walk to Emmaus Board.

Greetings Canton First UMC,

I am honored that you have taken the time to get to know me and Canton First!  This is a fabulous church and we hope that you will feel a sense of purpose and belonging here.

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, our oldest daughter, lives in Georgia and is a sales rep for a large animal pharmaceutical company. She is a UGA grad. Shane is a senior at Reinhardt University and enjoys playing the guitar and spending time outdoors. Jill, our youngest, is a freshman at UGA. Go DAWGS!!  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!)

My undergraduate degree is in Interior Design and I worked in the commercial and residential design business until 2005 when I received the call to full-time vocational ministry. I received a Master 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 back in the day when it was still a varsity sport there.

In our free time, we enjoy camping, traveling, mission work, cooking, tennis, cheering on the Dawgs and anything that involves the beach!

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 here at CFUMC.

Please let me know if you have ideas of how we might best continue the good work that is being done here. 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 helping you live out your call to serve God and your neighbor.

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,

Pastor Kelly

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