Bishop Derek Kelly
Bishop Derek D. Kelly is a native of Salisbury, NC and currently resides in Lexington, NC. He was born in July of 1969 to the Reverend & Mrs. Parnell Kelly, Jr. He is the firstborn of three children.
Bishop Kelly has served as a Minister of Music from the age of 13. He is an accomplished songwriter and musician receiving numerous awards for his achievements. Although known for his musical gifting, God has uniquely called him into the ministry of the gospel.
Bishop Kelly answered the call to ministry in December of 1991. After faithfully serving at his home church, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Linwood, NC, he began his journey in the gospel under the leadership of the Reverend Moses Caldwell. In April of 1994, he was installed as the Senior Pastor of New Faith Baptist Church of Lexington, NC. The Lord truly blessed the pastorate of Bishop Kelly as the church began to grow numerical and financially.
In 1998, New Faith connected to the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. During this time the church began to transition and the name was changed from New Faith Baptist Church to New Faith Full Gospel Baptist Church. Bishop Kelly was appointed as the District & State Director of Christian Education. He served as the facilitator of all seminars, classes, and workshops for the Northwest District and the State of North Carolina providing ministerial training and spiritual development.
In 2003, Bishop Kelly established Kingdom Impact Ministries (K.I.M.). Kingdom Impact Ministries (K.I.M.) is the personal ministry of Bishop Kelly that operates his preaching and ministry material, and serves as a place of fellowship and development for his spiritual sons and daughters. In September of 2006, Bishop Kelly was duly consecrated as a Bishop in the Lord’s Church by His Eminence, Bishop Nathan J. Anderson and W.A.R. Fellowship Ministries, Inc.
Bishop Kelly has received an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University. Bishop Kelly serves as a community activist in the Lexington and Davidson County area. He is the past president of the Lexington Community Ministers Conference and the past vice-chairman of the Davidson County Partnership for Children. Currently, he is the chairman of Focus on Leadership and a board member of the North Carolina Partnership for Children.
Bishop Kelly is married to his partner in ministry Kimerely Darlene Kelly. She is the leader of the Women’s Ministry. They have three beautiful children: Marcus, Derius, and Charity.
Top 3 winners: left to right, India Johnson, senior at Thomasville high school, 2nd place, center, Barbara Robinson, 1st place, senior at Winston Salem Preparatory Academy, and 3rd place Nysheanna Pendergrass, junior at Thomasville high school.
Front Row (L-R) – 5th place - Hallis Larkins, Senior, Marlboro County High School, 2nd place - India Johnson, Senior, Thomasville High School, 1st Place – Barbara Robinson, Senior, Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy, 3rd Place – Nysheanna Pendergrass, Junior, Thomasville High School, 8th Place – Ariel Reamous, Senior, Thomasville High School
Back Rom (L-R) – 9th Place – Nyesha Taylor, Senior, Thomasville High School, 10th Place – Jana’zer Hopkins, 7th Place – Shania Wilder, Senior, Thomasville High School, 6th Place – Wayne Patterson II, Mount Tabor High School, 4th Place – Jamel Lucas, Senior, Thomasville High School
Distinguished civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Nelson N. Johnson, to deliver keynote address for MLK National Holiday Observance 2014, on Monday, January 20, 2014, Friendship Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC.
Nelson is Pastor of Faith Community Church and Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, NC.
Though involved in a myriad of initiatives, Rev. Johnson centers his effors on facilitating a process of comprehensive community building, which include a convergence of racial and ethnic diversity, social and ecomonic justice, and genuine participatory democracy. At the Beloved Community Center, he and his colleagues attempt to bring together the homeless, the imprisoned, impoverished neighborhoods, and other disenfranchised groups in the spirit of mutual support and community.
Tears Of A Clown (Book available on June 19, 2013) you can purchase at Amazon.com
Authored by Dr. George B. Jackson
List Price: $15.00
Growing up in the early 70s I loved Motown music and of course, if you love Motown you loved Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. They made a lot of great music, but their only number one Pop and R&B hit was the 1970s smash, “The Tears of a Clown”. The song is full of irony and innuendo as Smokey explains “Just like Pagliacci (the tragic Italian clown) did, I try to keep my sadness hid, smiling in the public eye… but in my lonely room, I cry the tears of a clown…when there’s no one around.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Action Committee, Inc. (MLK-SAC) was established in 1993. Our goal remains the non-violent elimination of injustice, discrimination, poverty, and racism. Since our earliest efforts in the late 1980's as the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, we have attempted to use grassroot efforts to build upon Dr. King's cherished "Beloved Community" paradigm and Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha (soul force).
MLK-SAC has organized and led week-long celebrations of the King National Holiday since 1986. Since 2002 the committee has hosted the MLK Peace Conference commemorating the anniversary of Dr. King's untimely death on April 4, 1968. MLK-SAC joined forces with our major sponsors the NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Delhaize America (Food Lion, LLC), Thomasville Medical Center and NC Arts Council.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Dr. King Holiday with a new flag (Ross' Flags, Los Angeles, CA)
The conference's overall purpose is to bring attention to the need for open dialogue, particularly from the faith community, on the process of peace; give voice to those who are opposed to war and to discuss non-violent ways to confront domestic and gang violence, all of the things that Dr. King fought for prior to his demise 42 years ago. For a discussion on what Dr. King would say to us today please read the article MLK 40 Years Later - Dr. George B. Jackson. In light of our relative quiet on the atrocities of a war that has dragged on for eight years we believe Dr. King would be greatly disappointed with our government. How much longer shall the faith community condone the lies and the deceptive miscalculations with our silence? We can no longer afford to sit idle as our nation falls into spiritual economic and moral bankruptcy.
Congratulations MLK-SAC celebrating 20 years
2013 MLK Oratorical Contest Winners: (L-R:Joshua Johnson, 3rd place~ Ebony Alpha Ebony Service Organization Scholarship; Deja Young, 2nd place ~ Dr. J. Ray Butler Memorial Scholarship; Shantell McLaggan, 1st place ~ Dr. W. E. Banks Memorial Scholarship, Justin Burton, 7th place ~ George Burton Memorial Scholarship; Back Row: (L-R: Wayne Patterson, 6th place ~ Dr(s) Ephiram and Sheila Gorham Scholarship; Melvinie Jackson, 4th place ~ United Cornerstone School of Divinity Scholarship, Wendy Alvarado, 5th place ~ Ministers United for Christ Scholarship; and Larry Phillips, 8th place ~ Johnny Parker Stanfield Memorial Scholarship).
2013 MLK Oratorical Contest Winners
3rd Place (Joshua Johnson) ~ 1st Place (Shantell McLaggan) ~ 2nd Place (Deja Young)
Martin Luther King Jr. Social Action Committee, Inc.
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Thomasville, NC 27360
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