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Kelly celebrates 25 years at Valleydale Churchcomment (0)

November 19, 2009

In honor of Calvin Kelly’s 25th year as senior pastor of Valleydale Baptist Church, Birmingham, members of the Birmingham Baptist Association church presented him with a video montage, a special gift, letters of recognition and a reception of thanks Nov. 1.

“It was a special day to see the outpouring of love and appreciation not only to me but, more importantly, to my wife, Paula, and our two daughters,” Kelly said. “[Our daughters] were 3 years (old) and 3 months old when we moved here, and Valleydale was their only church until they left for college. To think about the baptisms, marriages, births and deaths of so many folks through the years and to think God may have allowed me to have some impact on lives is very fulfilling.”

A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Kelly was licensed to preach in 1974 and ordained in 1979. Following several years of part-time and volunteer ministerial positions, Kelly served as pastor of McCool Baptist Church in Mississippi and associate pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Montgomery, before coming to Valleydale in 1984.

He has served on various boards and committees for the Alabama Baptist State Convention and Montgomery and Birmingham Baptist associations.

Kelly also has served on the board of trustees for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., and as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Under his leadership, Valleydale has grown from an average weekly attendance of 140 to about 1,000.

“Hopefully I’ll never be content with the status quo and God will give me energy and integrity to finish strong. … I’d love to see explosive growth, hundreds of lives changed and Valleydale become a fully functioning biblical community, impacting our city and world for Christ in countless ways,” he said.

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