Pastor Carlos L. Kelly was born the fourth of five sons to the late Rev. Don A. Kelly and Jewelene Kelly in Little Rock, Arkansas. With his affection for basketball and the talents to compliment such, Pastor Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi immediately after high school. There, he continued to find success and graduated with honors receiving his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Education in Sociology. His intentions were to pursue a law degree; however, God orchestrated his steps in another direction and called him into ministry.
At the age of 24, Rev. Kelly accepted his first pastorate as the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, the late Rev. L. B. Kelly, and father, the late Rev. Don A. Kelly, he became the third generation to serve as pastor of New Hope. Pastor Kelly has been anointed by God to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His ministry aims at reaching people where they are and helping them overcome their struggles through the practical teaching of God’s Word. Under his leadership, New Hope experienced tremendous growth spiritually, numerically and financially. On January 16, 2007, God enlarged Pastor Kelly’s vision as he led New Hope in a new direction to Conway, Arkansas. New Hope is now, one church in two locations.
As a testament to his belief in scripture as recorded in 2 Timothy 2:15, ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”, Pastor Kelly enrolled in Southwestern Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) and received a Master’s of Divinity on May 7, 2011. His pursuit of learning God’s word and proclaiming God’s word has him in constant demand as a lecturer and speaker around the country.
On December 7, 2014, Pastor Kelly accepted the call to become the fifth pastor of Beulahland. We are so excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Pastor Kelly and his family .
He is married to Sis. Letitia Kelly (July 22, 1995) and they are the proud parents of two boys, Jalen and Caleb.