Kelby Johnson grew up in Laurel where he was licensed to ministry by Big Creek Baptist Church in 2001. He was later ordained and has served multiple churches in the areas of associate, youth, and music. Kelby graduated from Southeastern Baptist College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. His passion is to make disciples by teaching the Bible and mentoring. He is married to the former Jessie Sellas of Lucedale and has two sons, Adin (9) and Andrew (6). Jessie is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist College and an assistant school teacher in Union County. Kelby also serves as the State Youth Director.
“We have had a successful year at Grace in New Albany. Our primary goal for our first year was to establish a core group of people. Though many have visited with us during the year, we have established an assembly of 12 committed members as well as several others who are regular attendees. We have had 4 people make professions of faith and be baptized.
We have met in 2 locations during this year. For the first 8 months of Grace, we met in our home. These months were a blessing to all and allowed the group to become close through the fellowship. In June 2013, God opened a door for us and we moved from our home to a coffee shop located in Downtown New Albany. The owner has graciously allowed us to meet at this location on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Also in June of 2013, we began a Wednesday night Bible Study. This has been a welcomed addition to the ministry of Grace.
The primary way we have done ministry is through the preaching of God’s Word. We meet together each Sunday for preaching, prayer, singing, and fellowship. We meet each Wednesday night for Bible study and discussion. One of the interesting things about our group is that the same people who come on Sunday also come on Wednesday. We believe Wednesday night Bible Study is not just an optional weekly meeting, but also a very important part of being a member of Grace. Our people are eager to accept biblical preaching and have developed a genuine concern for each other.
As we begin our second year of ministry, our plan is to move from establishing our core group to expanding our core group. We plan to continue doing the primary activities of a church but also to challenge our people to be even more aware of expanding our church. Our future goals are to become self-sustaining and reproducing. We realize that neither of these will become a reality until our core group expands. We ask that you pray for us during this upcoming year as we seek to grow God’s church for His glory.”
By His Grace and For His Glory,
Kelby R. Johnson